Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran held a telephone conversation with Alexander Vinnikov, Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine

2020-06-16 14:42:00 | ID: 58219

On 16 June, Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran held a telephone conversation with Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov.

The Minister of Defence of Ukraine stressed the irreversibility of the implementation of the strategic course of the state to gain full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He expressed gratitude for the decision of the North Atlantic Council, which recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunity Partner (EOP).

— This decision is evidence of the successful implementation of the defence reform and effective partnership with the Alliance, — noted the Minister of Defence of Ukraine.

During a mutually beneficial conversation, Andrii Taran and Alexander Vinnikov discussed the state and prospects of practical implementation of the Annual National Program (ANP) under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, including launching a new cycle of the Force Planning and Assessment Process and refining the Comprehensive Assistance Package, taking into account the preparation and adoption of new strategic planning documents in Ukraine. The parties agreed that the assessment of the implementation of the ANP by Alliance experts this autumn will provide an opportunity for timely adjustments.

An important aspect of the conversation was exchange of views on the most effective use of NATO’s advisory assistance, as an effective mechanism for the defence reform.

Andrii Taran stressed that in the context of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine pays special attention to maintaining and conducting all possible national and multinational exercises, thereby improving our interoperability and increasing the operational and combat readiness of the Armed Forces.

In conclusion, Andrii Taran and Alexander Vinnikov discussed the arrangement of a telephone conversation between the Minister of Defence of Ukraine and the NATO Secretary General.