Black Sea Naval Force

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The Black Sea Naval Force (also known as blackseafor or the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group) is a Black Sea naval cooperation program established in 2001 on the initiative of Turkey with the participation of Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia.[1][2]


The original purpose of blackseafor was "to cooperatively promote security and stability in the Black Sea maritime area and beyond, strengthen friendship and good neighborly relations among the regional States, and increase interoperability among those states' naval forces".[3]

The blackseafor has conducted several joint naval drills since its formation, however it has been suspended several times.[4][5] The 2008 Russo-Georgian war lead Georgia to suspend its involvement in blackseafor drills and Russia to refuse to take part in drills involving Georgia.[6] The partnership was effectively suspended in 2014 following unrest in Ukraine.[7] In 2015, after a Russian plane was shot down by Turkish forces Russia suspended its membership of blackseafor.[8]

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  1. ^ "Ukraine's attempts to exclude Russia from BlackSeaFor fail — military source". TASS. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Black sea countries to sign Blackseafor agreement Monday". Hürriyet Daily News. 28 March 2001.
  3. ^ Özdal, Habibe (1 December 2011). Turkey-Ukraine Relations: High Potential, Low Voltage. International Strategic Research Organization (USAK). p. 34.
  4. ^ "Blackseafor warships to hold drills Aug. 11-30". RIA Novosti. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010.
  5. ^ Sanchez, W. Alejandro (18 November 2012). "Did BLACKSEAFOR Ever Have a Chance?". E-International Relations.
  6. ^ "Russian Warship Arrives in Bulgarian Black Sea for Naval Drills". Novinite. 6 August 2009.
  7. ^ Kucera, Joshua (23 July 2014). "Black Sea Naval Cooperation Another Casualty Of Ukraine War". EurasiaNet.
  8. ^ "Russia suspends participation in BLACKSEAFOR drills after Turkey's downing of Russian jet". TASS. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016.

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