The Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak took part in a reception on boards NATO frigates2019-04-03 18:55:00 | ID: 48766
The Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak took part in reception on boards of the Canadian and Spanish frigates moored in Odessa.
The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS “Toronto” and the Spanish Navy frigate “Santa Maria” arrived at the Odessa port a day before the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty signing.
“The presence of the NATO Navy in Odessa demonstrates the real assistance of the Alliance to our country in ensuring the safety of navigation in the Black Sea-Azov region and this is very important for us,” Stepan Poltorak told the media.
The frigates’’ visit in Odessa is one of the events of cooperation between Ukraine and the Allies. Its main purpose is to conduct joint training and exercises.
“I would like to note that at a time when the situation in the Black and Azov Seas is extremely dangerous, this event is a signal of true support of Ukraine, a signal of support of the Ukrainian Navy in a process of reformation. This is a very important step in organizing the interaction with partners in order to meet the Alliance’s criteria. We need to get maximum compatibility during the execution of combat missions. These issues will be in a focus of our attention,” said Stepan Poltorak.