The Defense Ministry has elaborated on the range of opportunities provided to Ukraine after it gained the status of NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partner (EOP).

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the officer of the Main Directorate for military cooperation and verification of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Captain Yulia Schukina, said Ukraine will be able to participate in the planning of NATO operations and gain access to all NATO exercises, which will allow access to best practices and priority certification of forces and assets.

Besides, Ukraine officials will be able to hold positions at NATO Headquarters and command structures.

According to Schukina, participation in the EOP also provides for the deepening of cooperation to maintain security in the Black Sea.

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"The program also provides joint counteraction to cyber threats, international terrorism, and organized crime. Another advantage that is relevant in terms of combating current challenges and threats is the admission of representatives of the state with the EOP to NATO cyber security exercises and the expansion of opportunities to participate in training activities on this topic," she said.

The spokesperson stressed that the list of benefits is not exhaustive. NATO may offer additional opportunities to each individual EOP member state, depending on national needs.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the North Atlantic Council on June 12 recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner.