NATO ships arrive in Georgia for joint drill in Black Sea

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Tbilisi, Feb 12 (IANS) As many as four NATO ships arrived in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi on Friday for a month-long training mission to increase compatibility of NATO and Georgian border guard ships, the government said.

The ships, which are part of a standing NATO mine countermeasures immediate reaction force, will participate in various joint training missions and exercises with the Georgian navy in the Black Sea, Xinhua reported.

The fleet, led by the head of NATO United Marine Forces, Giorgio Lazio, will stay in the port till February 15.

During the port visit, Lazio will meet Georgian government officials on future cooperation between the two sides.

NATO launched a joint training centre in Georgia in 2015 as part of the “substantial package” of cooperation with Georgia. The centre will start tactical training of Georgian soldiers in May.

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