Disinfo: The NATO Sea Shield 2021 creates conditions for a real destabilisation of the Black Sea region


The NATO Sea Shield 2021 naval exercise, led by Romania, aims to resolve non-existent regional crises and create conditions for a real destabilisation of the Black Sea region.

Obviously, the "crisis" declared in the manoeuvre legend is expected in the neighbourhood, and the neighbouring Republic of Moldova (with Transnistria) is more suitable for its artificial formation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and trying to destabilise the Black Sea region.

According to a press release issued by the Romanian General Staff of the Naval Forces, between March 19-29, 2021, over 2,400 soldiers from eight states, 18 battleships and 10 aircraft, participated in "Sea Shield 21", the largest and most complex NATO multinational exercise organised by the Romanian Naval Forces in the Black Sea area. The training activities are led by the Fleet Command, and the participating forces are from Bulgaria, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, the United States and Turkey.

The role of these exercises is not to destabilise the region, but to verify and strengthen the level of interoperability and cooperation between the Romanian Naval Forces and other categories of forces in the Romanian Army, different structures from subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other NATO naval forces.

The first edition of the Multinational Exercise "Sea Shield" took place in 2015, and in the following years, its scenarios were adapted to respond, quickly and efficiently, to the full spectrum of threats to maritime security and regional stability.

Read similar cases: ”Romania and Moldova have secret plans to forcefully push Russian troops out Transnistria”, ”NATO increases its presence on the Western border of Moldova to intimidate Russia”, Moldova – ”hostage” of the US military presence in Moldova” etc.


  • Reported in: Issue 237
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Romania, Moldova
  • Keywords: NATO, Transnistria, Black Sea
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