U.S. Defense Secretary To Visit Black Sea Region To Reassure Allies, Partners

U.S. Defense Secretary To Visit Black Sea Region To Reassure Allies, Partners

Raghavan Mayur

Austin will visit Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania before attending the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in Brussels on October 21-22.

Romania is a member of NATO, while Georgia and Ukraine seek to join NATO, something the Kremlin has described as a redline.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has expressed growing concern about Russia's intentions in the Black Sea region following the Kremlin's military buildup near its border and in the annexed region of Crimea earlier this year

Russian troops also occupy about 20 percent of Georgia following a brief war in 2008.

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