Black Sea border guard, coast guard chiefs sign co-operation memo

The heads of border guard and coast guard services of Black Sea countries have signed a memorandum of co-operation and agreed on holding a joint exercise in July 2017 under Bulgaria’s leadership, the Interior Ministry in Sofia said on December 1.

The memorandum was signed by the head of Bulgaria’s Border Police chief directorate, Georgia’s Border Police, Romania’s general inspectorate of Border Police, Russia’s border security service at the Federal Security Service, the commander of the Turkish coast guard and the Ukrainian administration of the state service for border security, the Bulgarian statement said.

Arising from the document, a modernised version of an automated system of exchange of information will be introduced after each of the parties state that they are ready on a technical level.

The system was produced by Russia, which has given the other Black Sea countries technical guidance on dealing with the new platform.

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