On May 21, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin joined a special meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization member countries, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.

The meeting in Istanbul was held in preparation for the jubilee summit on the occasion of the organization's 25th anniversary.

In his speech to the delegations of the BSEC Member States, Klimkin stressed the deterioration of the security situation in the Black Sea region, in particular because of Russia's aggressive policy against Ukraine.

"The Russian aggression and the occupation of the Crimea are destroying economic ties in the Black Sea region," the Ukrainian minister stated.

According to Pavel Klimkin, during the period of Ukraine's BSEC chairmanship from July 1 to December 1 (6 months rotation), the key issue will be the development of economic cooperation in the context of the security crisis in the Black Sea region.

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