Poroshenko, Stoltenberg discuss strengthening Ukraine-NATO cooperation

22:20, 20 October 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in NATO Headquarters in Brussels discussed the issues of deepening cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, according to an UNIAN correspondent reporting from a joint briefing of the two leaders.

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The Ukrainian president said he discussed with Mr Stoltenberg the opportunities for deepening cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, expressing gratitude for the Alliance’s support in enhancing Ukraine’s defense capabilities, reforming the country’s defense sector and providing consultative and technical assistance in developing the security and defense sector.

"No less important is deepening Ukraine-NATO cooperation in strengthening regional security and countering security challenges created by the Russian aggression. And in this context we have shared the opinion on the necessity of increasing mutual situational awareness and interoperability of the armed forces. This is the new format of cooperation under the so-called NATO Enhanced Opportunity Program," said the Ukrainian president.

Read alsoStoltenberg: NATO supports drafting "road map" of Minsk-2 implementation "We have agreed to analyze the opportunities of cooperation in this field. I would like to express my gratitude to NATO and to Secretary General Stoltenberg personally for the very strong and unwavering support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression. Alliance’s solidarity with Ukraine is of utmost importance for us," Poroshenko said.

President Poroshenko has also expressed hope that NATO will keep pressing on Russia until Moscow fully implements Minsk agreements.

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