Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Patrick Turner, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, in Brussels. The issues pertaining to cooperation between Ukraine and NATO in the field of emergency planning, crisis management, response to hybrid threats, as well as Ukraine's participation in North Atlantic Alliance operations were touched upon during the meeting.
The Vice Prime Minister emphasized that the system of crisis management and protection of critical infrastructure and resistance to threats, including hybrid, are top priority issues for the security of the state. Therefore, it is now crucial to create a National Sustainability System to prevent threats. During the meeting, an understanding was reached on ways to assist NATO in building a sustainability system and agreed to launch a joint work on this direction this year.
Apart from that, the NATO side highly praised the service of Ukrainian military personnel in NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. In this context, the Vice Prime Minister stressed that the experience gained in NATO operations is extremely valuable to Ukraine, especially in the context of the fighting in the ATO zone.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze in a separate statement noted that Ukraine appreciates operational assistance in eliminating the consequences of explosions at the military depot in the city of Balaklia in March. In his turn, Patrick Turner positively assessed the operational response of Ukraine to help Montenegro, a new member of NATO, during the elimination of forest fires in this country in the summer.