Ukraine continues reforms to get NATO Membership Action Plan

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
10 February 2021, 11:30
Joint press point by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal
Canan Kevser
10 February 2021, 11:30

Ukraine continues to work to deepen its cooperation with NATO as this is a priority for the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said.

He told this to reporters at a briefing after a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on February 9.

"We continue to carry out reforms to make sure Ukraine gets a NATO Membership Action Plan. This is our key short-term goal," Shmyhal said.

For this purpose, according to Ukrainian Prime minister, the Ukrainian authorities have developed annual national programs to prepare for the MAP. The Ukrainian side continues to maintain an active dialogue with NATO on a wide range of issues, including the fight against the coronavirus, Russian aggression, cyberattacks, strengthening regional security, and involving Ukrainian troops in NATO-led peacekeeping operations.

"We are working to fill our partnership with enhanced opportunities. We are very interested in expanding our cooperation with the Alliance in the field of security in the Black Sea region," Shmyhal added.

He noted that the issues of strengthening cooperation with NATO and preparations for the joint Coherent Resilience exercises were raised at his meeting with Stoltenberg.

The official informed that the military exercises would take place in 2021.