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    Ukraine, Turkey Agree to Ramp Up Military Cooperation in Black Sea

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    Ukraine and Turkey discussed issues of mutual security cooperations and the challenges the two countries are currently facing.

    Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov met with his Turkish counterpart Seyfullah Hacımuftuoglu to combine efforts in the fight against global terrorism and buil up military and technical cooperation, the council’s press office reported.

    The meeting was held on Thursday during Turchinov’s working visit to Turkey.

    According to the report, the participants discussed a number of issues on security cooperation and challenges the two countries are currently facing.

    "They also discussed joining efforts against global terrorism and its supporters as well organized crime and illegal migration. Cooperation between security services was also on the agenda," the council reported.

    According to Turchinov, Kiev and Ankara have a unique historic possibility to join their political, diplomatic, military and technical and economic resources to effectively preserve the balance of power in the Black Sea.

    Building military cooperation is a key point in the Turkish-Ukrainian strategy partnership, he added.

    Hacımuftuoglu underscored that Turkey and Ukraine should play a leading role in the creation of an effective system of regional security.

    "For us, it is very important to unite the capabilities of our countries which would lead to effective synergy," head of the Turkish National Security Council said.


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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      Ukraine has a history of ill-conceived alliances entered into against the wishes of the majority of its population and aimed against Russia. Look where it got it.
    • avatar
      Just another political attack on Russia.
    • avatar
      I just love those Russian submarines, you never know where you might find one.
    • Well they can't still take back crimea if it's their goal..
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      Ukraine joined the Russian empire without Crimea; Crimea was integrated with Ukraine while Ukraine was part of the Russian empire. If Ukraine wants to get out of the Russian empire, it should get the hell out the way it joined the empire, without Crimea. Why is Ukraine getting worked out about Crimea ? Do Ukrainians have some common sense ?
    • pin8
      -Asinus Asinum fricat-
    • in reply toDan(Show commentHide comment)
      Dan, Guess nato idea was to enjoy the naval base of Sevastopol (for free) and therefore putting a huge foot down towards Russia.
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      Turchinov's surname says it all!
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