NATO naval exercises in the Black Sea is money thrown to the wind, Er Ali, a retired Turkish Brigadier General told Sputnik.
Instead of wasting money on senseless naval exercises in the Black Sea, NATO should use the available resources to solve the issue of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean Sea, Ali said.
"Such exercises are expensive. But this money is wasted for nothing. Millions of dollars. Instead, it would have been better to send NATO naval units to the Mediterranean Sea."
These military drills carry an anti-Russian political message, as "NATO is trying to threaten Russia and that is not good." This political course won't help to reach global peace, the former Turkish general said.
Unfortunately, the members of the military alliance don't pay attention to the lives of thousands of refugees, choosing to demonstrate their military power by other means, Ali said.