July 05, 2014 By RFE/RL
NATO and Russia both launched on July 4 naval exercises in the Black Sea amid strained ties between the Kremlin and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
NATO's drills in the western part of the Black Sea involve ships from the United States, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey. They are set to continue to July 13.
Russia's Black Sea Fleet deployed about 20 ships and more than 20 military jets for its maneuvers, which is due to include missile launches at practice targets.