Agreements reached during negotiations with British partners aimed at strengthening Ukraine's security and defence capabilities, - Andrii Taran

2020-08-18 15:20:00 | ID: 59280

This was stated today, August 18, by Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran during a joint briefing with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Ben Wallace, who is in Ukraine on an official visit.

— Today we held fruitful and effective negotiations. The main attention was paid to the discussion of relevant issues of mutual interest. Namely, the assessment of the security situation in Eastern Ukraine and the Azov and Black Sea regions, trends and prospects for its development, as well as ways to respond to emerging threats. We also discussed the state and prospects of implementation of defence reform objectives, issues of Euro-Atlantic integration, in the context of maximizing the use of new instruments of defence and military cooperation, which Ukraine received with the status of NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partner. The priorities of Ukrainian-British defence cooperation were also highlighted, where the key issue is the development of combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy with the participation of the United Kingdom, — noted Andrii Taran.

The head of the national defence ministry stressed that all the issues discussed and agreements reached are aimed at strengthening the security and defence capabilities of Ukraine, increasing the operational and combat capabilities of the Armed Forces, ensuring peace and well-being of Ukrainian citizens.