Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko met with NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Phillip Breedlove. The meeting took place December 17, in the frameworks of Poroshenko’s two-day visit to Belgium, the presidential press service reported. During the visit, the Head of the Ukrainian state and EU leading officials discussed possible introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens, as well as extension of sanctions against Russia.
For the first time since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, President of Ukraine visited the Staff of NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and the Staff of NATO Special Forces.
Poroshenko informed Breedlove of the security situation in Donbas, the military threat from Russia and provocative actions performed by Kremlin-backed militants. The officials discussed Ukraine-NATO cooperation in the defense area - in particular, reforming Ukraine’s security and defense sector according to NATO standards, extending programs of joint military drills, strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities and improving combat efficiency of Ukrainian servicemen.
Breedlove praised the level of cooperation with Ukraine. He confirmed NATO’s readiness to provide assistance to Ukraine so that its Armed Forces meet the current national security challenges. He stressed on the importance of Russia’s full compliance with Minsk agreements.