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NATO to protect Baltics but no treaty change with Russia, says Merkel

4 NATO warships to enter the Black Sea before September 7

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday NATO would guarantee the sovereignty of the Baltic States at a summit in Wales this week but would not change its treaties with Russia, Reuters reported.

"We can count on the sovereignty of the Baltic states being guaranteed," Merkel said at a news conference with Myanmar President Thein Sein.

She said that all measures decided by NATO at the summit would comply with treaties between NATO and Russia, but NATO also had to improve its ability to react quickly in the region.

"We have to meet the wishes of these countries and reaction times of various months are really of no help," she said.

Merkel was also asked about the Australian prime minister's proposal to exclude Russian President Vladimir Putin from an upcoming G20 summit in Brisbane. She said she would discuss it with Tony Abbott when they meet soon, though she did not give a date.

Four NATO warships to enter the Black Sea before September 7

Four NATO warships will enter the Black Sea before September 7: US Navy's destroyer USS Ross, the Commandant Birot ship of the naval forces of France, Canadian Navy's HMCS Toronto frigate and Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon, ITAR-TASS reported referring to a military-diplomatic source.

USS Ross and Commandant Birot will pass the Black Sea straits on Wednesday, September, 3, the source added.

"The Spanish and Canadian frigates are to enter the waters of the Black Sea on September 6," he said.

According to the source, the French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome will leave the Black Sea area on September 5.

According to the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships of non-Black Sea states can stay in the Black Sea for no more than 21 days.

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