Ukraine wants to deepen cooperation with NATO – Zelensky

Украина хочет углубления сотрудничества с НАТО - Зеленский

Ukraine hopes to deepen cooperation with the Alliance.

This was stated by President Vladimir Zelensky during a speech at the meeting of the Commission Ukraine-NATO in Kiev, according to UKRINFORM.

“For our part, we understand that effective reforms are key to our membership in the Alliance. We are committed to the transformation of Ukraine in accordance with NATO standards, and that is what we are focusing our joint efforts”, – said the head of state.

He also assured that Ukraine is a consistent and effective partner of NATO, and will continue to contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond.

At the same time, the President expressed hope to expand cooperation with the Alliance.

“We want to deepen cooperation to strengthen the defense, strengthen the resistance of Ukraine to the modern threats to increase the interaction between the state bodies of Ukraine and the NATO structures,” – said Zelensky.

The head of state thanked the Alliance for help Ukraine, in particular in security sector reform and defense.

In his words, “a good Foundation” this is a comprehensive package of assistance of NATO, adopted in 2016. The President expects that this package will be “updated and expanded with additional projects and extra activities.”

“We also hope to accelerate the achievement of Ukraine’s Armed forces interoperability with NATO forces. Offer subject to consider the accession of Ukraine to the program of expansion of NATO’s capabilities. I am sure that Ukraine is ready to transition to this new level of our cooperation”, – said the President.

As reported by UKRINFORM, at the invitation of the Ukrainian authorities, the North Atlantic Council paid a visit to Ukraine on October 30. The visit started in Odessa. On Thursday, NATO Secretary General and ambassadors of countries-members of the Alliance are in Kiev.

October 30, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Dmitry Kuleba said that the Ukrainian government considers the current application for a NATO membership action plan in NATO, submitted to the Bucharest NATO summit in 2008, so during a meeting in Kiev, additional applications will not apply.