Ukraine and NATO agreed to step up cooperation, Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko said on Wednesday after a meeting with the alliance’s secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, according to Itar-Tass.

“This has been a conceptual meeting on stronger cooperation that translates into life the idea of an intensified dialogue,” she said.

During the meeting it was noted that NATO-Ukraine cooperation slowed down over the past seven months and should be boosted, Timoshenko said.

According to Kiev’s Channel Five that quotes NATO spokesman James Appathurai, the secretary-general supports Ukraine’s Euroatlantic integration aspirations.

He said Scheffer and Timoshenko discussed the letter signed by Ukraine’ s top three leaders (president Viktor Yushchenko, prime minister Yulia Timoshenko and parliamentary speaker Arseny Yatsenyuk – Itar-Tass) declaring Ukraine’s readiness to join NATO’s Membership Action Plan.

Timoshenko visited Brussels on January 28-29.