During a meeting in Kyiv on June 20, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, and the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Thomas Goffus, discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius, defence support for Ukraine and further deepening of cooperation with the Alliance with a view to Ukraine's future full membership.
The main subject of the conversation was the implementation of the Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine (CAP), which will be discussed at the NATO Summit in Vilnius. Olha Stefanishyna and Thomas Goffus commended the work on developing assistance projects for Ukraine under the CAP, paying particular attention to such areas as demining of Ukrainian territories, social protection of servicemen and interoperability.
The Deputy Prime Minister briefed her interlocutor on the functioning of the interagency mechanism for coordinating CAP projects in Ukraine, which is being implemented under her leadership, and the next steps of the Ukrainian side to fill the CAP with practical content.
Alongside the development of practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, Olha Stefanishyna stressed the importance of receiving a clear political signal on Ukraine's membership in NATO in Vilnius. "Ukraine stands ready for dialogue and is willing to work on new modalities. We are not talking about joining NATO tomorrow, but it is crucial for us that this process is launched in Vilnius," the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.
Thomas Goffus emphasised that Ukraine was vitally important for NATO and assured of further support.