Today’s morning multinational unit of Blackseafor (Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group) has put out for training within the beginning of the second stage of its fifth activation.
Being bound for Batumi (Georgia) Bulgarian Navy trawler, Georgian Naval Forces storm-boat, Romanian Naval Forces frigate, Turkish Navy frigate, Russian storm-ship “Yamal” and Ukraine’s Navy ship “Slavutich” will exercise in tactic maneuvers, anti-mine defense, conducting surface watch, civil ships observation and other activities.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Navy Forces Commander Gen. Ilhami Erdil, Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Avdayev, Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mihnea Motoc, Ukranian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri A. Sergeyev and Bulgarian Navy Forces Commander Petar Panchev attended the ceremony.
"The force will be deployed for various tasks, from search and rescue operations to environmental and humanitarian missions," Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said at the signing ceremony.
Now, the agreement should be approved by the relevant countries' parliaments.
The project was proposed by Turkey by former Navy Forces Commander Salim Dervisoglu in 1998. The countries signed the letter of intent in Ankara on June 28, 2000.
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