NATO members Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria are close to agreeing to create a joint force to clear mines drifting into their parts of the Black Sea — part of the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The deputy defense ministers from the three nations are set to meet in Ankara on Nov. 22 to try to finalize the details of the unit to clear the seas mines, news agency Bloomberg reported on Nov. 20.
If agreed, the mine-sweeping forces would not be considered a NATO operation but would be the first major joint action of the Black Sea allies since Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The scale of contamination of Ukraine with mines and unexploded ordnance is the largest since the Second World War, said Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko.
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