The Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap the Hoop Scheffer, will travel to the Estonian capital Tallinn on 12 November 2008, to chair the sixth Informal High-Level NATO-Ukraine Consultations with participation of Defence Ministers and other senior officials from Ukraine and NATO countries. According to a NATO press-release, the conference is co-organised by NATO and the International Centre for Defence Studies.

Previous meetings in this format were held in Berlin (2002), Washington D.C. (2003), Warsaw (2004), Vilnius (2005) and Sintra (2006).

Participants will exchange views on the current security environment in the Euro-Atlantic area, and focus on Ukraine’s capabilities to meet existing security challenges and ability to contribute to NATO-led operations. They will also take stock of Ukraine’s progress in transforming its national security structures and practices.

H.E. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of the Republic of Estonia will deliver keynote speech at the beginning of the meeting.

Prior to the NATO-Ukraine Consultations the Secretary General will hold bilateral talks in Tallinn with Estonian leadership – he will meet, inter alia, with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.