During the working visit to Ankara, the head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko visited Coast Guard of Turkey, where he met with its commander Bulent Oldzhay, with whom an agreement on bilateral cooperation between the border guards and the coast guard was signed. It was reported by the press service of UASBGS.
According to the report, the head of the State Border Service said during his speech that it is very important for Ukraine to maintain border security at sea, and one of the components of its protection is the sea guard. At the same time, the border agency is actively studying the experience of foreign partners and vice versa - they are monitoring the activity of Ukrainian naval units.
Apart from that, Viktor Nazarenko focused on threats posed by aggressive Russian actions in the region. He added that neither Ukraine nor the world community recognize the annexation of Crimea. By the decision of the Ukrainian government all the ports on the peninsula had been closed, and it is reported to the Member States of the International Maritime Organization.
In addition, it was noted that this region requires considerable attention to the issue of countering threats in the border sphere, particularly with respect to the migration crisis related to the flow of immigrants from the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Other threat attempts include establishing maritime traffic of drugs and large consignments and cargoes using different illegal schemes. Negatively affect is caused by the situation with illegal harvesting of bioresources in the economic zone, which is seasonal.
At the end of the meeting Viktor Nazarenko and Bulent Oldzhay signed the agreement on bilateral cooperation between the State Border Service of Ukraine and the command of the Turkish Coast Guard. In also included measures in the framework of bilateral cooperation, which will be held in 2017. Among other things, the mutual training of staff of both departments is planned in order to share practical experience of law enforcement duties at sea as well as search and rescue operations.