According to Mykhailo Samus’, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research of Army, Disarmament and Conversion, the plans to create such a centre are on the agenda of U.S.-Ukraine bilateral relations in defense sector. These plans will be discussed during the forthcoming visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
During his visit, the Pentagon’s Chief will most likely talk about offers of cooperation that will be voiced out during NATO Summit in Warsaw in July this year. “Creation of such Centre for Research of Experience of Hybrid War with Russia will let NATO use this experience”, Samus’ said, adding that in the next two months, Ukrainian and U.S. representatives of the defense industry will exchange visits to the USA and Ukraine respectively, so as to consider opportunities for further cooperation.
He marked that during the summit, the Western allies might offer Kyiv a new status of NATO’s associated partner. According to the expert, due to the breakdown of military and technology cooperation with Russia, Ukraine’s got new opportunities to broaden cooperation with the Western partners, including the United States.