The exercises of the Russian Navy Ocean Shield-2019 lasted almost twice longer than planned because of the actions of the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as bad weather, said the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov as quoted by RIA Novosti.
According to him, the original plan was that the exercises would be held from August 1 to August 9. However, he added, the adverse weather and the response of the NATO joint naval forces" to the actions of the Russian navy required additional time. The commander-in-chief specified that drills lasted till 15 August. He also marked that the goals of the exercises were achieved.