NATO-Ukraine: 29 years of effective cooperation

2020-04-06 13:30:00 | ID: 56772

On April 4, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) marked 71st anniversary.

Ukraine has begun cooperating with NATO in 1991. And all this period can be divided into three parts:

From 1991 to 1994 as a period of cooperation.

From 1994 to 1997, as a period of partnership. Since February 1994, Ukraine has joined NATO’s “Partnership for Peace” program.

From 1997 to the present, it is a period of special partnership that has gradually transitioned into internal procedures for preparing for full NATO membership.

During this period, from 1991 to 2020, much has happened in our country, depending on the transition from one format of partnership to another.

It all had begun with the appointment of NATO Liaison Officers in SHAPE and Liaison Officer in NATO HQ.

This interaction has gradually evolved into more systematic cooperation since the establishment in 1997 of a Centre in the General Staff within the “Partnership for Peace and Peacekeeping operations” program, as well as a structure called “Military representation of Ukraine to NATO”. Moreover, in 1999, our Mission in SHAPE was reinforced with one more officer.

Throughout this period, Ukraine has not only participated in a professional training of officers through multinational exercises, but has also trained a sufficient number of officers and units to participate in NATO-led operations and missions.

All of this was due to our increased participation in military exercises. In particular, for 2020, according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine, 24 exercises in the framework of the plan of participation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the multinational military exercises were approved.

This year, we are following the yearly order of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine to maximize the interoperability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with NATO member-states forces.

Petro Kanana, International Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.