Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a special series in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, “Black Sea’s Back.” Last summer, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia will continue to strengthen its forces around the Black Sea in order to “neutralize the security threat in the Black Sea region from NATO.” This rhetoric highlights the change in threat perceptions that has taken place on both sides in the region in recent years. Just 10 years ago, the Black Sea was touted as a model of naval cooperation among former adversaries. Collaborative naval activities such as … Continue reading Is a New Russian Black Sea Fleet Coming? Or Is It Here?
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