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  • Olha Stefanishyna: Stepping up NATO's open door policy will help continue pursuing the most important reforms in Ukraine
    Service of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, posted 14 June 2021 21:31

    The intensification of the open door policy will be an important signal that will give impetus to the implementation of the complex reform agenda that Ukraine is working on today. At the same time, Ukraine and NATO must work together to shape collective resilience to hybrid threats. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna during the Brussels Forum, which is being held on the fringes of the NATO Summit.

    "Cooperation between Ukraine and NATO is an effective response to drastic changes in the global security landscape. We need to work in synergy both to counter the threats of the new generation and to strengthen the resilience of Allies and their partners. Today, NATO already supports Ukraine's efforts to shore up its resilience to hybrid threats, in particular through cooperation within the framework of the NATO-Ukraine Platform to study the experience of combating hybrid warfare," Olha Stefanishyna said.

    The Deputy Prime Minister noted that Ukraine and NATO are preparing for a joint tabletop exercise Coherent Resilience 2021. Such cooperation is an example of Ukraine's practical cooperation and contribution to building the Allied collective resilience and transatlantic security.

    As Olha Stefanishyna emphasized, Ukraine seeks to shape the future architecture of European and Euro-Atlantic security together with its allies.

    "We are keen on intensifying cooperation with NATO in the Black Sea region and call on Allies to prioritize this issue. Today, the security of the Black Sea is becoming increasingly important, so a clear strategy for the region needs to be elaborated and it must be an important part of the NATO 2030 process," Olha Stefanishyna underlined.

    She dwelled on that NATO and the entire democratic world are currently at a crossroads when deciding on the future of the Alliance: "Now our allies are looking for answers - how to strengthen the unity of the Alliance and strengthen collective defense. It is very important that the Alliance's partners, and especially those aspiring to join NATO (such as Ukraine), be part of this response."

    The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Russia has a geopolitical plan for the entire region and beyond, which it has been systematically implementing since 1991. "Today, in the post-Soviet space, the struggle between democratic and authoritarian value systems has intensified. The result of this confrontation will be crucial for international security," Olha Stefanishyna underscored.