U.S. supports Ukraine joining NATO's Enhanced Opportunity Partnership
The United States supports the Enhanced Opportunity Partnership for Ukraine, says Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a U.S. envoy to NATO.
"First of all, the U.S. does support the Enhanced Opportunity Partnership for Ukraine in NATO. And I think there is wide approval of that in NATO as well," she told a Brussels briefing on Tuesday ahead of the NATO defense ministerial.
"We have asked for reforms in Ukraine so that they would have civilian control of their military," the official said, adding that Ukraine is now "trying to deal" with corruption issues it has had.
"We support President Zelensky's efforts in that regard and we will continue to work with them as they solidify their democracy and instill the anticorruption measures that have been introduced by President Zelensky," the U.S. envoy said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 1, 2019, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine had turned to NATO with a request to be accepted as member of the Enhanced Opportunity Partnership.
As part of such a partnership, Ukraine may receive priority access to certification of events taking place along the NATO-Ukraine lines. The program also provides for an expanded dialogue in the field of intelligence, allowing representatives of a partner state to hold positions at NATO headquarters or in the Alliance's command structure.