General Ray Henault, the Chairman of Kyiv NATO`s Military Committee, visited Kyiv on 14 and 15 February for meetings with the Ukrainian Chief of Defence Staff, Army General Serhiy Kyrychenko, and Defence Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, according to the NATO web site.

A key topic of discussion was Ukraine`s support for ongoing NATO-led operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Mediterranean, as well as NATO`s training mission in Iraq. Another important subject was Ukraine`s progress in pursuing reforms in the defence and security sectors

General Henault also gave a speech at the Ukrainian National Defence Academy, during the annual International Week organized in cooperation with the NATO Defense College. This year`s event was focused on "NATO and Partners Addressing Security Challenges".

He was proud to be representing NATO in Kyiv on the Day of Honouring Servicemen in Missions Outside Ukraine. "Your nation has a proud history of dedicated and professional service, and this tradition you are taking forward today on operations," he said.

He highlighted the fact that Ukraine is the only Partner country to contribute to each of NATO`s current missions and operations. "This is a significant step to making your forces more interoperable with NATO`s," he emphasized.