According to Karakachanov, the two NATO countries are working to deepen cooperation in the Black Sea region and to support the achievement of NATO`s capability objectives. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov signed the agreement at a rare press meeting opened at the Pentagon. The agreement allows the US military to access and share several Bulgarian military installations. Access facilitates joint training for the US and Bulgarian military. The Defence Cooperation Agreement came into force on 12 June 2006. Further agreements on how to implement the Defence Cooperation Agreement are expected to be concluded in 2007. “Of course, we share many security interests, especially issues such as Black Sea security, defence modernization and security cooperation,” Esper said. “This is a new step that the United States and Bulgaria are taking in their defence cooperation,” Karakachanov said. The United States has also signed a similar agreement with Romania and U.S. military units stationed in both Bulgaria and Romania will be known as the Joint Task Force East. Joint military bases between the United States and Bulgaria established in accordance with the 2006 defence cooperation agreement between the United States and Bulgaria: joint military installations between Bulgaria and Bulgaria were created by a defence cooperation agreement signed by the United States and Bulgaria in April 2006. As part of the agreement, US forces will train on these bases, which will remain under Bulgarian command and Bulgarian flag. The agreement was reached on 7 October during a meeting between Bulgarian Defence Secretary Krasimir Karakachanov and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper in the US capital. WASHINGTON – The U.S. and Bulgarian militaries reached a 10-year military cooperation agreement Tuesday, giving new impetus to the Pentagon`s efforts to strengthen control of Russian adventurism in the Black Sea region. “This roadmap will give us the opportunity not only to intensify our bilateral relations, but also to be individually beneficial to the national defence of the other,” Karakachanov said of an interpreter. “Also to be beneficial to NATO… Faced with the malicious intentions of our adversaries. The DCA grants immunity to U.S. military personnel who protect them from prosecution in that country.  However, in cases of particular importance to the Bulgarian authorities, the waiver of the Bulgarian main criminal court may be recalled (paragraph 1, Article X of the Defence Cooperation Agreement). The U.S.
Embassy said the agreement is based on the NATO Force Status Agreement (SOFA). Bulgaria reserves the right to exercise its jurisdiction if it is in Bulgaria`s interest. In other cases, the United States will exercise responsibility for U.S. military and civilian personnel.  The FMF assists eligible partner countries to purchase defence items, services and training in the United States. These grants are intended to support Bulgaria in its efforts to support operational forces capable of dispatching and interoperable in NATO and coalition military operations. George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is an international institute renowned for security and defence studies, which promotes dialogue and understanding among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasians. The Marshall Centre is bilaterally supported by the governments of the United States and Germany and has an international faculty and staff made up of representatives from 10 partner countries. Security assistance includes the sale of U.S. defence equipment, services and training, as well as the management of Foreign Army (FMF) funding and funding for international military education and training (IMET). “I am confident that we will pursue our common security interests,” Esper said.
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