Russian Interior Ministry to control 13 more new psychotropics, drug-containing plantSociety & Culture July 24, 2:54
MAKS-2017 airshow yields contracts to over $6bln - Russian ministry of industry and tradeBusiness & Economy July 23, 23:48
Russian consumer rights watchdog chief names cities with highest HIV ratesSociety & Culture July 23, 21:41
Serbian filmmaker Kustirica says Crimea’s reunification with Russia is natural processSociety & Culture July 23, 21:40
Israeli embassy in Amman attacked by terrorists, some people wounded - TVWorld July 23, 21:35
Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
MOSCOW, April 22 (Itar-Tass) —— Black Sea states’ warships arrived in the Turkish port of Istanbul on Friday to complete BlackSeaFor exercises, Russian Black Sea Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Class Vyacheslav Trukhachyov told Itar-Tass.
“Warships of the BlackSeaFor naval operative force of Black Sea states came to the Turkish port of Istanbul in the final phase of the spring activation supervised by Russian Navy representative Capt. 1st Class Yuri Zemsky,” he said.
“Before the ships arrived in Istanbul they spent three days training control over commercial shipping, examination of a suspect ship and air defense. Apart from protocol events, sailors will go on sightseeing tours in Istanbul while the international exercises’ staff will sum up the training results,” Trukhachyov said.
“The ships opened to local residents on Saturday,” he noted. The visit will end on April 24.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Cesar Kunikov large landing ship is the BlackSeaFor flagship. The exercises will also involve Bulgarian and Romanian corvettes, a Turkish frigate and a Ukrainian mine sweeper.
The BlackSeaFor group was formed in Istanbul on April 2, 2001. Black Sea countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine – expressed their readiness to contribute to regional security and stability and the strengthening of neighborly relations and agreed to form an international naval force. The agreement was ratified by all member states in 2002. Each member country becomes the naval group commander by turn.
BlackSeaFor can deliver humanitarian aid and perform environmental protection, demining, rescue and search missions. It also may take part in UN or OSCE operations and other international activity. The group has exercises twice a year, in April and in August.