NATO will provide more assistance in defense and security area to Ukraine than before. Major General Odd Petersen, Chief of Military Partnership Department of the HQ of NATO Allied Command Europe, said this during his meeting with Rear Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the chief of the Ukrainian Navy. The high-ranked officials met on board of Ukraine’s ‘Hetman Sagaidachny’ frigate in Odesa, southern Ukraine.
The parties exchanged views on the security situation in the Black Sea region, as well as perspective areas of cooperation and ways to continue reforming of the Ukrainian Navy. According to Petersen, Ukraine was one of the first NATO non-member countries that supported Partnership for Peace program. He also reminded that Ukraine has been taking part in NATO operations for many years.
‘After Russia annexed Crimea, we only increased our support to Ukraine, and there will be even more of this support’, the NATO official said. ‘This meeting is crucial for us; we show that the Alliance assists Ukraine in reforming the defense sector, especially the country’s armed forces, including the Navy’.