"Ukraine is interested in obtaining of NATO Enhanced Opportunity Partnership status ", - Alina Frolova

2020-01-16 12:51:00 | ID: 55193

January 14-15, 2020, Brussels, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alina Frolova participated in the work of the delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

Participation in the work of the NATO-Ukraine Commission chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the evaluation of the implementation of the Annual National Program (ANP) for 2019 and the preparation of the ANP for 2020 was a key element of the visit.

Members of the Ukrainian delegation held a series of working meetings with the leadership of the Alliance. In particular, Assistant Secretary General for Operations John Manza, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner, and Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Bettina Cadenbach.

The Ukrainian side informed ambassadors of NATO member states about development of the security situation in Ukraine and in the Black and Azov Sea region, the results of the ministries’ work during 2019 and the priorities of their activities for 2020.

Parties have also discussed vital areas that need special attention and assistance from the Alliance within the Comprehensive Assistance Package, which will be updated as part of the new “one country — one plan” partnership policy.

According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alina Frolova, the Allies’ attention was paid to obtaining of the Enhanced Opportunity Partnership status by Ukraine, which will help to achieve a higher level of interoperability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces units with NATO.

Taking into account the significant changes in the security environment and the rise of hybrid threats around Ukraine, the parties agreed on the modalities of NATO — Ukraine joint exercise on critical infrastructure protection in the Black Sea “Coherent Resilience 2020” and signed its specification.