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Ukraine submits request for its accession to NATO Enhanced Opportunity Program

Ukraine, as a partner country of the alliance, will have access to an expanded dialogue in the field of intelligence, and Ukrainian officials will be able to occupy positions at NATO headquarters or in the command structure of the alliance
18:48, 2 November 2019
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Ukraine has submitted a request to the NATO leadership for its accession to the Enhanced Opportunity Program. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba stated this, according to Evropeyska Pravda.

“During the visit of the North Atlantic Council, Ukraine requested to move to a new level of cooperation and provide it with the status of a partner in an expanded partnership. This program primarily provides for the widening of practical operational interaction,” Kuleba said.

Thanks to this program, Ukraine, as a partner country of the alliance, will have access to an expanded dialogue in the field of intelligence, and Ukrainian officials will be able to occupy positions at NATO headquarters or in the command structure of the alliance.
 
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko explained that the list of program participants is reviewed by NATO every three years, but Ukraine may request to consider its candidacy out of turn.

Earlier it was reported that President Zelensky, during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, invited NATO to consider the possibility of Ukraine joining the Alliance’s expanded capabilities program.

The program of expanded opportunities allows to unite a club of close partners of NATO, which for various reasons are not allies, but are ready to work closely, often in technical matters, during joint operations and exercises. Today, the program includes Georgia, Sweden, Finland, Australia and Jordan.
 
 
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