Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 105

On an official visit to Georgia, Ukrainian defense minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk conferred with President Eduard Shevardnadze and signed with Defense Minister Vardiko Nadibaidze a package of six documents on bilateral military cooperation. The agreements envisage, inter alia: Ukrainian maintenance of Georgian military equipment; training of Georgian army and coastal guard personnel in Ukraine, jointly with Ukrainian army and naval units; cooperation between the two countries’ air forces and air defense forces; and Georgian participation in multinational peacekeeping exercises in Ukraine. Kuzmuk endorsed Tbilisi’s claim to its due share of the ex-USSR’s Black Sea Fleet and called for Georgia’s inclusion in negotiations with Russia on that matter. (Interfax-Ukraine, May 27)

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