Ukraine offers NATO aircraft of its own production

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv decides to withdraw from Ukraine-NATO-Russia cooperation program to start new one directly with Alliance
15:23, 7 July 2016

The Ukrainian side has decided to withdraw from the tripartite cooperation program Ukraine-Russia-NATO Council, which involves the use of Ukrainian strategic aviation by the Alliance. The Acting Head of NATO Mission to Ukraine Yegor Bozhok said this in an interview with Evropeyskaya pravda.

"There was a project, according to which Ukraine provided services in the area of ​​strategic air transport in cooperation with Russia to NATO States members. The leaders of our country decided to end cooperation with Russia in this field. We are now negotiating on the new draft of the Ukraine-NATO cooperation program", he explained.

According to the diplomat, Ukraine proposes to strengthen the defense capabilities of the Alliance's strategic aircraft with An-124 Ruslan.

In addition, the Ukrainian side could share experience in combating of the hybrid threats.

"We may also be useful for NATO in the intelligence and surveillance fields, may share the information that we have. We can offer opportunities and resources for joint military training. For example, Yavorivsky polygon is already a certified center for the NATO trainings", Bozhok added.

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