Ukrainian troops have joined their U.S. counterparts in NATO military
exercises as tensions mount over the aspirations of former Soviet
republics to enter the alliance.
The two-week NATO "Sea
Breeze" exercises along the Black Sea coast also include forces from
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and key countries of western Europe.
Turkey, Macedonia and Latvia are also participating. The exercises
include naval and air maneuvers as well as large-scale armored
Separate maneuvers are being held this week in Georgia. Armenian, Azerbaijani, Ukrainian and U.S. troops are participating.
Small groups of anti-NATO protesters were reported encamped along the Ukrainian coast.
and Georgia are actively seeking NATO membership, despite official
warnings that Moscow will not tolerate an additional NATO presence on
Last month, Ukraine's pro-Western leadership
hosted a NATO delegation, which was also confronted by several hundred
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.