Zelensky wants to see Ukrainian military and diplomats in NATO structures

18.12.2020, Kiev.

Ukraine’s diplomats and military must be involved in the work of all structures of NATO’s partnership. The Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy stated this during the plenary session “Strategic priorities of Ukraine’s foreign policy” on December 17.

“I want to see Ukrainian diplomats and military not only in the headquarters in Brussels, but also in all NATO’s partnership structures,” Zelensky said.

He is sure that this will allow to resume the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission or “to get a decision of the Alliance to invite Ukraine to the NATO Membership Action Plan.”

Zelenskyy also asked the diplomatic agencies to figure out what exactly NATO’s enhanced status gives and how it will help Ukraine get closer to the alliance.

He is convinced that it is necessary to make maximum use of the political, security and military potential of the partnership of NATO’s expanded capabilities.

Since June 12, 2020, Ukraine is Enhanced Opportunity Partner under the NATO’s Partnership Interoperability Initiative.

“Ukraine will benefit from tailor-made opportunities to help sustain such contributions. This includes enhanced access to interoperability programmes and exercises, and more sharing of information,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said.

It was however noted that the status obtained “does not prejudge any decisions on NATO membership.”

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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