Russian Defense Ministry rejects reports about putting Black Sea Fleet on high alert
Russia’s Defense Ministry has rejected a media report claiming that the Black Sea Fleet was put on high alert, TASS reports.
"The Reuters report, citing ‘sources close to the Russian military,’ which says that ‘Russian naval forces in the Black Sea region have been put on heightened alert to discourage Ukraine from trying to disrupt the soccer World Cup’ is fake news," the ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday. "The Black Sea Fleet forces continue to operate normally. No steps have been taken to put the fleet on high alert," the Russian Defense Ministry added.