MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO military drills Trident Juncture are the largest the alliance has held in 20 years, Pszczel added. Some 27 member states and 3 partner states are participating in the drills, with over 60 vessels involved, according to the Alliance’s spokesman.
"If there is a right political will, there is no reason to fear any incidents. The Mediterranean Sea is large, it is possible to conduct a lot of exercises there," Pszczel said, speaking at a videoconference in Brussels.
The United States has been conducting multinational naval drills in the region in recent months in an effort to ensure NATO allies can quickly respond to, among other dangers, the perception of a threat from Russian aggression.
In response, Russia has warned that NATO’s build up and expansion close to its borders is a provocative move and a threat to regional and global security.