The European Commission draws a new commercial and security cooperation policy for the states on the Black Sea shores. Russia, one of the main regional players, holding a significant share of the Black Sea fleet, criticizes the community project.
The European document, called "Black Sea Synergy", will be introduced to the European diplomacy at the end of April or the first days of May and may be officially approved during the June summit, EUObserver informs.
The process of putting up a new strategy was accelerated by Romania's and Bulgaria's accession to the EU, and also by Germany taking over the EU presidency, the country being known for its focus on the relationship with the Eastern partners.
The document, still unfinished, will result from several meetings organized by the Black Sea states' Foreign Ministers, involving Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova as well as the main three leaders of the EU - President, foreign relations High Representative and Foreign Relations Commissioner.
The ministers are supposed to target in their meetings projects referring to Caspian oil and gas deliveries in the area and to finding solutions for separatist tensions. Other issues to be approached are illegal immigration, environmental protection, smuggling limitation and the construction of new transport networks.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is struggling to maintain the control over some sensitive areas near the Black Sea. Therefore, Russian diplomats warn that the Black Sea project will fail for sure, in case Russia doesn't obtain an important role in the initiative.
"We don't want an EU domination in this project", says, Vladimir Tchijov, Russian ambassador to Brussels, who also believes that such a project is useless.