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  • Ihor Klymenko discusses with NATO Assistant Secretary General Thomas Goffus implementation of the Roadmap for Interoperability between Ukraine and the Alliance
    Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, posted 21 June 2023 12:13

    Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Ihor Klymenko discussed with NATO Assistant Secretary General Thomas Goffus the implementation of the Roadmap for Interoperability between Ukraine and the Alliance.

    At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine thanked the representatives of the North Atlantic Alliance for their substantial support against the backdrop of russia's full-scale invasion.

    Ihor Klymenko stressed that Ukraine's cooperation with NATO had deepened significantly since the outbreak of the war, as Ukrainians were defending not only their own security and independence, but also global peace.

    "We are ready to take part in the projects conducted by NATO in order to understand each other better. We are all doing the same thing and we have the same goal - to defeat the enemy," said the Interior Minister.

    Ihor Klymenko noted that it would be important to talk about the implementation of the Roadmap for Interoperability between Ukraine and the Alliance, as we need to think about future risks and how to counter them.

    "We are well aware that after the war is over, Ukraine will have to tighten control over its borders with russia and belarus. And this protection will be quite specific, including a system of electronic warfare against enemy drones," said Ihor Klymenko.

    In his turn, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations Thomas Goffus said that the Alliance strongly condemned russia's armed aggression against Ukraine. He noted that NATO was carefully studying all of Ukraine's needs in order to provide them in a timely manner: "Our long-term goal is to assist Ukraine and modernise its security and defence sector by integrating best Euro-Atlantic practices. We are already working with you to stabilise the police force and to improve public safety. So this meeting will help us to discuss Ukraine's urgent needs even better."

    The meeting was also attended by Andrew Cullen, head of the Roadmap team, who noted that cooperation with Ukraine was very important for NATO, as it was part of the entire defence and security sector.

    "We have already submitted our proposals on how we can implement this Interoperability Roadmap together with you. And this proposal was based on the principles of many of your previous partnerships. We hope that we will achieve this fast," he said.

    In response, Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko stressed that Ukraine stood ready to work with NATO without delay.

    At the end of the meeting, the parties agreed on further fruitful cooperation and consolidation of efforts in implementing the Roadmap and meeting Ukraine's defence needs.