Romania deploys ship, chopper to find stray Black Sea mines

BUCHAREST: Romania‘s navy stated it deployed a ship and a helicopter on Monday to scout for stray mines on the nation’s Black Sea coast, after a pier within the seaside resort of Costinesti was frivolously broken in an explosion.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, and mines have since then been laid within the Black Sea by the combatants. Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish navy diving groups have been defusing people who have drifted into their waters.
The ocean is essential for shipments of grain, oil and oil merchandise and is shared by Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Turkey, in addition to Ukraine and Russia.

Romania’s navy stated its divers had been nonetheless investigating whether or not the explosion on the pier, which claimed no victims, was attributable to a mine.
Studies of a separate mine drifting close to the port of Mangalia had been unfounded, it stated.
Romania, each a European Union and NATO member, shares a 650-km (400 mile) border with Ukraine, is host to a U.S. ballistic missile defence system and, as of final 12 months, has a everlasting alliance battlegroup stationed on its territory.

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