Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine Discuss Setting up Joint Army Brigade

Politics » DEFENSE | April 21, 2016, Thursday // 16:08
Bulgaria: Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine Discuss Setting up Joint Army Brigade Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a press conference that concluded the official meeting with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis (not pictured) held at Cotroceni Palace, in Bucharest, Romania, 21 April 2016. Photo: EPA

Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine are discussing the possibility of setting up a joint military brigade.

This became clear after a statement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his meeting with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest on Thursday.

Poroshenko revealed that the possibility was also discussed during the recent visit of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Ukraine where he was bestowed the "Person of the year" annual award in recognition of his support for the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine.

The brigade is to be modeled on the existing Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade (LitPolUkrBrig), which has been in existence since 2009 and comprises units of the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian armies.

According to Poroshenko, a further step in this direction will be beneficial for enhancing the security and confidence in the region.

During his visit to Romania on Thursday, the Ukrainian president also expressed support for the initiative of Bucharest to create NATO flotilla in the Black Sea.

Poroshenko added that Ukraine has willingness to join in the initiative as soon as it is approved by the Alliance, AGERPRES quotes him as saying.

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