Strengthening NATO presence in Black Sea would be incomplete without participation of Ukraine, Georgia – diplomat

16:20, 26 October 2016
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Acting Head of Ukraine's Mission to NATO Yehor Bozhok is convinced that the increase in NATO's presence in the Black Sea region in order to strengthen security will be incomplete without the participation of Ukraine and Georgia in this process.

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"In my opinion, any actions that will be implemented in the Black Sea in the context of strengthening security will be incomplete without participation of Ukraine and Georgia," he told journalists at NATO Headquarters Wednesday before the meeting of defense ministers of NATO member states, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

In this regard, Bozhok said that "a constant depth dialogue" was constantly ongoing on this matter between NATO, Ukraine, and Georgia.

Read alsoRussia still present in Donbas – NATO Secretary GeneralSpeaking about the expectations from the meeting, the Ukrainian diplomat said that he wanted "NATO to implement the decision of the Warsaw Summit to strengthen presence on the eastern borders as soon as possible."

"Strengthening NATO's security on its eastern borders automatically means strengthening our security. It's about a balance of power and a clear demonstration to the aggressor, that his actions and calculations that they can be so audacious, unscrupulous, violating all norms, principles and arrangements, which existed before, will not be accepted anymore," Bozhok said.

The head of the Ukrainian mission to NATO said that at the Warsaw Summit, Ukraine had received an unprecedented tool in the history of NATO's relations with partners that was called a Comprehensive Assistance package, covering 40 areas, under which Ukraine would receive logistical support, practical, financial, advisory and consultative support in the reform of our national defense and security sector in accordance with NATO standards. Our task now is to implement this package," Bozhok added.

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