Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
Russian frigate Admiral Essen returns to Crimea after mission in MediterraneanMilitary & Defense September 22, 16:24
ANKARA, August 10 (Itar-Tass) — Russia handed over the command of the international Black Sea Naval Force (Blackseafor) to Turkey, Russia’s military attache in Ankara Mikhail Mytarev told Itar-Tass.
The ceremony took place in Turkey’s port of Gulluk, the Sea of Marmara, on Thursday.
“The command was handed over on a rotation basis within the framework of the autumn activation (until August 24 – Itar-Tass). Taking part in the drills will be warships of member-states of Blackseafor,” he said.
Until August 24 ships will call in Turkey’s port of Trabzon and Russia’s port of Novorossiysk as well as other ports of the naval force’s member-states.
“At these maneuvers ships will master interaction in training operations to respond to possible threats in the Black Sea. They will practice tasks that correspond to the goals of Blackseafor’s activities,” Mytarev said.
In particular, they will master tactical maneuvering, search and rescue operations, attack repelling and commercial shipping control.
Russia is represented by the Black Sea Fleet’s amphibious ship Novocherkassk that arrived in Gulluk on August 6.
The Black Sea Naval Force was established in Istanbul on April 2, 2001. Black Sea coastal states – Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine – agreed to set up an international naval force, expressing their readiness to contribute to ensuring regional security and stability and strengthening good neighbourly relations.