Baluyevsky said a direct communication line has been established between the operation's headquarters in Naples, Italy, and the Russian Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
Operation Active Endeavor was launched in 2001 to support U.S.-led military efforts in Afghanistan. As part of the operation, NATO ships are conducting merchant vessel inspections across the Mediterranean.
Other non-NATO countries have also offered to contribute to Operation Active Endeavor. Those are Ukraine, Georgia, Croatia, Sweden, Israel, Algeria, and Morocco.