Ukraine and Russia to Resume Joint Naval Exercises

From ITAR-TASS:  Exercises of the Ukrainian Navy and the Russian Black Sea Fleet will be resumed after a seven-year interval. As the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on Friday, a conference on preparations of the joint command and staff computer exercise “Fairway of Peace-2010” scheduled for June 2010 was held in Sevastopol on March 11 with the participation of representatives of the command of the Ukrainian Navy and the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

During this exercise, a search and rescue operation will be held. Deputy commander of the Ukrainian Navy for combat training Rear-Admiral Viktor Nosenko is appointed to direct this exercise…

Ukrainian-Russian peacemaking exercises “Fairway of Peace” were traditionally conducted once in two years since 1997. Ships, auxiliary vessels, aircraft and helicopters of naval aviation, as well as units of marines took part in the exercises. However, after 2003 such bilateral exercises of the Ukrainian and Russian fleets had been held.  (photo:  GETTY/AFP)

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