The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodnyuk emphasized this today at a working breakfast at the invitation of the Minister of National Defense of Canada with the participation of the NATO Secretary General (29 + 1).
"Allies are aware that this issue is an absolute priority for Ukraine. Ukraine has made significant progress in implementing the Alliance’s standards and already meets military criteria to join EOP. We are ready and the window of opportunity is now," stressed Andriy Zagorodnyuk.
He also noted that EOP status for Ukraine is key in strengthening European security and deepening cooperation and partnerships.
In addition, Andriy Zagorodnyuk stressed that Ukraine has something to offer to the Alliance. Among the directions, the Minister singled out the further contribution to NATO operations, sharing and exploiting operational lessons from the Joint Forces opera Ukraine – including in the cyber/hybrid domain, as well as contributing to Black Sea security.
Minister also encouraged Allies to consider Ukraine’s request and to build consensus to support EOP status for Ukraine.