The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel in an interview with DW said that over the past four years, Ukraine was able to significantly approach NATO and called the country a key to Euro-Atlantic security.
"Ukraine has already conducted impressive defense reforms and is much closer to NATO, but there is still work to be done," Pavel said.
Pavel noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces increase Ukraine's ability to join NATO until 2020 by taking part in NATO exercises and missions, for example in Afghanistan.
"NATO and individual NATO member states will continue to support Ukraine - because we firmly believe that an independent and stable Ukraine is the key to Euro-Atlantic security," he said.
As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko claimed that Ukraine aims to become a NATO member state in the next ten years. He said it during the interview for Hamburger Abendblatt, which is a part of Funke Media Group media conglomerate.
According to the President, with Ukraine NATO “would become more powerful and effective, than today, and NATO member states could learn from Ukraine how to stand against Russia”.
Poroshenko reminded, that Kyiv confronts pro-Russia separatists on the East since 2014, supported by the Kremlin. More than 10,000 people were murdered in the conflict.