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Black Sea border cooperation Forum starts in Odesa, Russia not invited

Five coastal states plan to discuss state of the cooperation and prospects of the partnership and the predicted challenges and threats of the security in the Black Sea region
17:19, 7 November 2018

In Odesa, Forum of the Black Sea Border Cooperation has started, in which, the leaders of the border and coast security of the coastal states of the regions, including Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Georgia, and Bulgaria participate as the press service of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported.

"Exactly in these days, 12 years ago, the Treaty on Cooperation between Border Services of Black Sea Coastal States was signed. Today, Ukraine host the Forum of Black Sea Border Cooperation for the third time," Petro Tsyhikal, the Head of the Border Guard Service reported.

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The Ukrainian service reminded that six countries agreed to actively cooperate in the issues of the counteracting, distribution of weapon of mass destruction, trafficking, and illegal migration and to provide the security of navigation, protection of the biological resources and coordinate the efforts in the rescue and search operations.

At the beginning of the session, Ukraine took from Romania the chairmanship of the Forum for the next year.

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"Representing the achievements of the Forum in 2018, the Romanian side thanked countries for the cooperation and efforts aimed for the fights against the trafficking and human trafficking in the Black Sea," the message said.

At the same time, one of the sides of the Forum, the Russian Federation, was not invited due to the non-observance of its commitments and violation of the norms of the international law.

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During the Forum, the sides plan to discuss the state of the cooperation and prospects of the partnership and the predicted challenges and threats of the security in the Black Sea region.

Besides, the consolidation of the efforts at all directions, considering the last events and current issues should become the main part of the agenda.

As we reported, Ukraine had to block the adoption of the annual budget of the Commission on the Black Sea Protection due to the participation of the so-called "representatives of Crimea."

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