NATO is considering Ukraine's request to join the program of enhanced abilities. Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Igor Dolgov announced this in an exclusive interview for 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
“Last week NATO delegation presided by Mr. Alvares visited Ukraine to discuss the issue. We had to sign an extra agreement concerning the secret information protection, which was done. Formally we have all the grounds and the necessity to work within the program”, he added.
He reminded that after the program creation at NATO summit in Wales, the first five states to join it were Finland, Switzerland, Australia, Georgia and Kuwait.
“The NATO program of enhanced abilities provides strong partnership and achieving all the standards to associate the Alliance. Sweden, Finland and Georgia are already participating in it. This is a collaboration platform for interoperability, and for developing interoperability units of the Armed Forces of various countries, including NATO member states and its Allies”, he said.
Defense Ministry Representative stressed that it is a really difficult to certify the military subdivisions to cooperate with other armies. Ukrainian military forces have been participating in peace maintenance operations since 1992, but they still need to go through all certification procedures.