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    Crimea is not afraid of the NATO naval group's strengthening in the Black Sea region, as plenty of defense units able to perform any combat task are deployed on the peninsula, head of the Republic of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov said Thursday.

    SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — According to Crimea's head, Russia has nothing to worry about with respect to any military threat, as the country is able to resist any aggression.

    "Here we have plenty of units of the Russian Defense Ministry to perform any combat task. The citizens of Crimea are not afraid but at the same time rely on the common sense of Western politicians," Aksyonov told reporters.

    On Wednesday, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Moscow would do its utmost to maintain the balance of powers in the Black Sea in response to the expansion of the Alliance's naval forces in the region.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed in June that the Alliance had agreed on measures to enhance defense and deterrence in the Black Sea region.


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