NATO members are preparing a special operation to clear Black Sea of mines

The flag of NATO
The flag of NATO

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.

Read also: No Russian ships currently present in Black Sea says Ukrainian Navy

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.

Read also:

The scale of contamination of Ukraine with mines and unexploded ordnance is the largest since the Second World War, said Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko.

As previously reported by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, about 174,000 square kilometers of Ukraine potentially remain mined.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine