NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Ukraine had become much closer to the alliance, gaining the status of a partner with enhanced opportunities. Stoltenberg stated this at a video press conference after the first day of the meeting of defense ministers of alliance’s member countries, Interfax reports.
"I would like to congratulate Ukraine on its recognition by the North Atlantic Council and all NATO allies as an enhanced partner. This is an important step in the NATO-Ukraine partnership and it is a recognition of Ukraine's contribution to NATO's mission and operations," Stoltenberg said.
He noted that Ukraine would increase access to NATO exercises and a greater exchange of information, including conclusions from various assessments, by becoming a member of the Enhanced Opportunities Program.
As we reported earlier, on June 12, Ukraine became NATO's sixth Enhanced Opportunities Partner, alongside Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden.
"We have been going to this headline on the NATO website for a long time. In January 2020, following the instructions of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine officially applied for NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Program. Then there was a lot of diplomacy. A lot of diplomacy at all levels. And that is it. Everything has worked out. Only few people believed that we would succeed, but we did it," Ukraine's MFA stated.