MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is holding naval and surface-to-air missile drills during the Black Sea region amid tensions with Ukraine and also the West on the capture of three Ukrainian naval ships along with their crews heli-copter flight coast of Crimea last month.

Two submarines, the Rostov-on-Don B-237 and also the Stary Oskol B-262, practiced emergency deployments for detecting, accompanying and destroying sea and coastal targets with rocket fire, the Defense Ministry said.

Submarine crews on the Black sea fleet were also due to practice deep dives and also to work with techniques just like emergency surfacing, it said.

The statement could not put in a start or end date for the drills or say if ever the submarine exercises were element of larger-scale drills while in the Black Sea and on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2019.

A navigation warning to shipping provided by littoral state Turkey's navy declared that "firing exercises" were expected in your neighborhood from Dec. 3 to Dec. 9.

Separately, Pantsir medium-range surface-to-air missile systems from the east of Crimea practiced detecting, identifying and shooting down aerial targets, Interfax news agency cited a spokesman to your Black Sea Fleet as saying.

The exercises come at this time of heightened tensions between Russia plus the West over Russia's seizure on Nov. 25 of two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels in addition to a tug boat along with their crews.

NATO foreign ministers discussed the Black Sea region with Ukraine and Georgia's foreign ministers on Tuesday while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the U.S.-led military alliance had boosted its presence there reacting as to the he stated were Russia's aggressive actions.