Since 2014, the Black Sea regional navy cooperation has seen a dramatic change. From the “Turkish lake concept” and idea of active navy cooperation of littoral states, it has come to the freeze of all original cooperation such as BLACKSEAFOR and Black Sea Harmony and a possibility of a greater NATO involvement in the region. Crisis in the Russian-Turkish relations also presented a chance for the Ukrainian-Turkish military relations intensification, and Romanian initiative on the Black Sea Fleet. Author argues that it is still early to speak about future navy configurations and frameworks of the cooperation in the Black Sea region, but it already should be considered not as an isolated war theatre but in a conjunction with the Caspian and Mediterranean basins.

Hanna Shelest

Dr. Hanna Shelest, Editor-in-chief of UA: Ukraine Analytica, member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism" and curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School. Previously H.Shelest served as a Senior Researcher at Odessa branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies and a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defence College (Italy). She has a PhD in International Relations, specializing in conflict resolution and security issues. She has more than 50 academic and more than 100 media articles on conflicts and security. H.Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow (2010), John Smith Fellow (2012) and Marshall Memorial Fellow (2016)

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