According to him, the possibility of a strike exists if Russia commits a provocation against the alliance forces, and the captain of the NATO ship regards this as a threat. “I’m not going to require my commanders to take the first blow to the jaw,” the American admiral said. At the same time, he stressed that the military would also not shoot first.
Burke noted that Russian ships and planes constantly accompany NATO forces in the Black Sea. Usually, the actions of the Russian military are professional and do not look like acts of aggression.