Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and State Secretary for Defense of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson met in Odesa. The two held talks on the implementation of measures connected with the aggression of Russia in the Kerch Strait, as the press office of the Ministry of Defense reports.
‘Decisions that we adopted come with the beginning of the work on training the Marines. Yet in January, a group of servicemen from the UK Navy will arrive in Ukraine for the organization of cooperation and planning the joint exercises, as well as determining the necessary financial and technical assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, directly to the Naval Forces,’ Poltorak claimed.
He also mentioned that the sides looked at a possibility of boosting the cooperation, starting from expanding the format of preparation within the Orbital training program, achieving the new level of preparation and ending with deployment, as well as the expansion of Ukraine's cooperation in the issues connected with military and technical cooperation.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine added that the sides agreed on the creation of ‘Office of Ukraine’s friends’, designed for coordinating actions to assist in the reform of the Armed Forces, the Navy, as well as building up the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy.