President Petro Poroshenko noted that Ukraine is grateful for the proposal to take part in this year’s NATO Summit, which is crucially important for the security of the world and for Ukraine.
“I would like to thank Secretary General Stoltenberg and all colleagues from NATO member-states for inviting Ukraine to take part in the Summit’s events. This is a clear recognition that Ukraine is an important element of Euro-Atlantic security,” the Head of State said during the joint briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“I appreciate opportunity to have the meeting with NATO members at the highest level and to continue our important dialogue, which has taken place for the last 4 years. I hope that today Allies will reconfirm their strong commitment to support Ukraine and demonstrate unity and solidarity in our fight against Russian aggression,” he noted.
“I expect also that our discussions with Allies will contribute to further development of practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO,” the President added, noting that the Comprehensive Assistance Package offered for Ukraine at the last NATO Summit in 2016 helped strengthen our defence capabilities.
“It is crucially important that in the statement of this Summit we have reconfirmed that the door of NATO is open for Ukraine, for Georgia. We are committed to continue deep modernisation of our country in institutional, political and economic dimensions. Our joint efforts to build successful, prosperous and resilient Ukraine is the best response to the Russian aggression and propaganda,” the Head of State noted.
In turn, Jens Stoltenberg noted that NATO and allies would continue supporting reforms in Ukraine, providing consultations, training and equipment.
“The comprehensive assistance package of political and practical measures is also part of this support. It includes expert advisors in Kyiv, projects in areas like cyberdefense, medical rehabilitation and logistics,” the NATO Secretary General said.
Jens Stoltenberg deeply appreciates Ukraine’s contribution to NATO - from Kosovo to Afghanistan and to the NATO Response Force.
“Over 20 years of NATO-Ukraine distinctive partnership have contributed to Euro-Atlantic security. I want to thank you personally for your commitment to deepening these ties between Ukraine and the Alliance,” Jens Stoltenberg said.