of Black Sea littoral states plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises
Navies of Black Sea littoral states began to plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises
due this year, spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet Captain First
Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told Itar-Tass.
“A meeting on the issue is being held in Divnomorskoye in the
Krasnodar Territory at the base of the permanent coordination centre
of the Black Sea Naval Force BLACKSEAFOR,” he said.
“Russia is represented by Assistant Chief of Staff of the Black
Sea Fleet Captain First Rank Yuri Zemsky. At the meeting the negotiators
will agree on a scenario of the military exercises in April and discuss
cooperation during joint exercises,” Trukhachev noted.
Atlant class "Moskva" cruiser, flagship of the Russian Black
(Picture: George Chernilevsky)
The Black Sea Naval Force BLACKSEAFOR was created
after Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania and Ukraine signed
the relevant agreement in Istanbul on April 2, 2001. All signatory nations
ratified the agreement by 2002.
BLACKSEAFOR primarily should accomplish peaceful goals. This naval force
can carry out operations for relief supplies, environmental protection,
demining, as well as rescue and search operations. Meanwhile, BLACKSEAFOR
can participate in UN, OSCE operations or other types of international
activities. BLACKSEAFOR includes up to six various warships.
The BLACKSEAFOR command is realized on the rotation basis by each signatory
nation. Russia took over the command of the Black Sea Naval Force in
the previous year. The BLACKSEAFOR military exercises are held twice
a year in April and August.