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Ukrainian-Amercian military exercise Sea Breeze 2011 commences in Odesa
Jun 06 2011, 17:59
Sea breeze

Ukrainian-Amercian military exercise Sea Breeze 2011 has started in Odesa.

The opening ceremony has taken place today 6 June, at the Odesa Officers Palace.

At a press conference after the opening ceremony, Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Maksimov said that this year's exercises will be held from 6 to 18 June. Their subject is Planning and Carrying out International Peacekeeping Operations. The purpose is to practice the actions taken by the multinational headquarters and forces during the planning and conduct of international peacekeeping operations according to the standards of the Alliance.

According to the commander, Sea Breeze 2011will consist of four stages: I stage deploying forces; II stage basic training; III stage conducting peacekeeping multinational force; IV stage the curtailment of forces, summing up. In total, the exercises involv 13 countries (Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Britain, Georgia, Denmark, Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Sweden).

Today 6 June, Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Maksimov has stated the doors of Sea Breeze are open for our Russian colleagues.

Firstly, I want to emphasize that the Ukrainian Navy has been fruitfully cooperating with the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The fact that the Russian- Ukrainian exercise Fairway of Peace 2011 conducted in late May in Sevastopol broadly involved the forces of the two fleets is another proof of that, said the admiral.

A formal invitation to take part in military exercises Sea Breeze 2011was timely sent to the Russian party. However there has not been any confirmation from them, and why the Russian party decided not to participate in this training is probably not the question to be answered by see me, said Viktor Maksimov.

I want to add that on May 27, during a joint summarizing conference on Fairway of Peace 2011, in my speech I reiterated that the doors of Sea Breeze were open for our Russian colleagues. By the way, in 1998 and 2001, the Russian Black Sea Fleet took part in the exercises Sea Breeze, he added.

INFORMATION: The Ukrainian-American military exercise Sea Breeze series has been held since 1997. Started with the purpose of achieving inter-compatibility of Ukrainian and US fleets as well as fleets of other countries which have joined the NATO Partnership for the Sake of the World Programme. The basic purpose is to increase alertness of the Navies of Military Forces of Ukraine.


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Open, 00:17 / 06.08.2013
Tell me, do you really think that Europe and NATO needs Ukraine for sotimheng else? As soon as Ukraine will enter NATO and EU, it will be flooded with NATO military, it will have to stop selling weapons to most of its todays clients (Iran, Korea, Libya, etc..) and probably will have to stop producing certain types of weapons (that happened to the Czech Republic). So it will loose an huge amount of revenue from the weapon sector. Most of the military equipment will have to be replaced by NATO-approved (and that costs money), EU will impose a whole bunch of restrictions in agrarian sector (like in Poland), ecology (Ukraine will have to close its coal mines so lots of jobs will be lost and it will have to buy more energy abroad), and it will push on the Ukrainian market European products so lots of Ukrainian food producers will have to go out of business because their production costs are a lot higher than for example Spain or Greece (restructuring costs a lot of money).Do not look at the west as saviors and friends. They will use Ukraine in the same way as Russia, because in politics there are no friends and brothers. There are just political, military and economic interest, greed and opportunism.My advice: Grow up and turn on your brain.
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Kanciang, 04:28 / 05.10.2012
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