The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) came to an agreement on return of FSB officers to Crimea to ensure security of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

A relevant protocol to an agreement on cooperation between special services was signed on May 19 in Odesa by SBU Chairman Valeriy Khoroshkovsky and FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov, according to UKRINFORM.

According to the protocol, candidatures of FSB representatives sent for service to Sevastopol will be coordinated with the Ukrainian authorities, which is the main difference of a new agreement from the previous one.

"The protocol stipulates the exchange of information and coordinated efforts to prevent illegal activities against Russia's Black Sea Fleet that pose a threat to the national security of Ukraine and Russia," the SBU said in a statement.

The protocol became effective on the day of the signing and will be in force for the next five years.

The sides also discussed on Wednesday bilateral cooperation in the fight against global terrorism, drug-trafficking, and illegal immigration.

In December 2009, 19 FSB officers ensuring security of Russian sailors left Sevastopol after denunciation of a protocol signed between SBU and FSB in 2000.

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