As tensions simmer with Russia, NATO wants to up its game in the waters around Europe
- Russia and its neighbors in NATO have been at odds since Moscow seized Crimea and intervened in Ukraine in 2014.
- Much of that tension has played out the ground in Europe, but NATO is also responding to what it sees as antagonistic behavior by Russia in the waterways around the continent.
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Shrinking ice coverage in the Arctic has draw the attention of NATO, Russia, and other countries to the high north, where the promise of more accessible waterways means potential military and commercial competition.Since Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea and incursion in Ukraine, however, NATO members have been concerned about Moscow's actions closer to home, and developments in recent weeks indicate the alliance is focusing on securing waterways around Europe, in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas and the eastern Atlantic - all areas that could be contested in a conflict with Russia.Advertisement
Below, you can see what NATO is being warned about, and what the alliance is and isn't doing to address it.
The Baltic Sea, bordered by six NATO member countries and with Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, at its eastern end, has always been a busy area.
NATO countries along the Baltic have sought a more robust presence, and Germany has taken the lead.Advertisement
A new battle of the Atlantic.
The UK and its allies in Europe want to keep "a critical choke point" between them open.Advertisement
The Mediterranean has also become a venue for what the US and others see as an emerging great-power competition.
The lack of a strategy in the Mediterranean could have more serious consequences for the alliance as a whole, according to one deputy secretary general.Advertisement
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