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Turkey says Black Sea countries held ‘efficient’ talks on Ukraine war, floating mines

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Defense ministers from Black Sea coastal countries held a video call on Thursday to discuss the war in Ukraine, mines floating in the sea and regional security, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, adding the ministers called for an immediate ceasefire.

In a statement, Ankara said the defense ministers of Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, Romania and Ukraine had met via video conference upon the invitation of Turkey, adding they held “very efficient” talks.

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“Aside from the mines, the importance of cooperation in the Black Sea for peace, calm and stability was emphasized,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said after the meeting, according to his ministry, adding the ministers discussed possible steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis and get aid to Ukraine.

Turkish military diving teams have so far detonated three separate floating naval mines in the Black Sea, while Romania has also defused a stray mine in its waters since the Ukraine war.

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