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Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey meet in Batumi. (photo: MoD Georgia)

Regional cooperation endeavors often have a short shelf life in the post-Soviet world. But perhaps against the odds, Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia trilateral cooperation appears to have found a winning formula.

The trilateral format was inaugurated five years ago, and on May 23 the defense ministers of the three countries met in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi, where they pledged to boost defense ties -- including widened joint military exercises and closer operational cooperation between the three militaries. The three countries also reportedly agreed to create additional mechanisms for mutual cooperation in the fields of military education and medicine.

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Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

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