AFU units to take part in Visegrad Four drills
Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) will take part in military exercises of the Visegrad Group countries (Visegrad Four) for the first time, according to an agreement reached between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, the presidential press service reports.
Poroshenko thanked Macierewicz for his personal presence at the parade on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of Ukraine's independence and highly appreciated the participation of the Polish troops in the event on a historic day for the Ukrainian-Polish friendship.
The head of state noted the constructiveness and intensity of the dialogue between the defense departments of the two states, in particular, effective cooperation within the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian (LITPOLUKRBRIG) Brigade. According to Poroshenko, this is a practical strategic partnership between the countries.
Read alsoPoland kicks off Common Challenge-16 military exerciseThe two officials discussed the issues of further strengthening military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Poland, implementation of the decisions made at NATO summit in Warsaw, as well as enhancing Ukraine's participation in joint multinational exercises.
Macierewicz noted that Europe would not be full-fledged without Ukraine either politically, economically or militarily. Poland was, is and will be with Ukraine that protects Europe, the official stressed.
The head of the Polish Defense Ministry assured that Poland would continue to support efforts to restore Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
As UNIAN reported earlier, President Poroshenko discussed the issue of expanding Ukraine's defense capabilities with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on August 24.