|Updated: 07-May-2010||IMS News Release|
5 May 2010
Ukraine and NATO sign
In the margins of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence session, Ukraine and Turkey (as the facilitating NATO member) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “Air Situation Data Exchange” (ASDE) on 5 May. The agreement aims to reduce airspace conflicts in two ways: by minimizing potential cross-border incidents and optimizing responses to renegade situations with civil airplanes.
Besides being a crucial contribution to international aviation safety, the MOU also contributes to the standardization of procedures between NATO and Partner countries and enhances mutual confidence and understanding. Until now, three operational ASDE connections have been implemented between Germany and Austria, Hungary and Ukraine, and Turkey and Georgia.
This new agreement was signed by Gen. Ivan Svyda, Ukrainian Chief of Defence, Gen. İlker Başbuğ, Turkish Chief of Defence, and Adm. James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Operations.
“This is an opportunity for two important nations to exchange air situational data to ensure cooperation, ensure no difficulties, and ensure they are completely transparent in working together," said Admiral James Stavridis.