Ukraine has prepared all the critical military base to join the NATO Enhanced Opportunity Partnership. The Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko announced during a video conference with the Ambassadors of the Alliance members, the NATO Delegation to Ukraine, which took place on 5 May.
"From a military point of view, Ukraine is ready to join the Enhanced Opportunity Partnership program, which will allow increasing the interoperability of the Ukrainian military with units of NATO member states. There is still some "homework" to be done in this direction, but the work is well planned and understood by representatives of Ukraine's security and defense sector, as well as their NATO partners. From a political point of view, we also observe the formation of a consensus on inviting Ukraine to this format by the Alliance's close partners. Currently, Australia, Jordan, Sweden, Finland and Georgia are cooperating with NATO under the program. I expect an invitation for Ukraine during the next meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of defense ministers," Vadym Prystaiko stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked NATO representatives for their consistent support for Ukraine in the defense sector reform, in particular the implementation of the Annual National Program, which is as close as possible in contents to the NATO Membership Action Plan. The top official also ascertains that Ukraine continues to advance towards full membership in the EU and NATO, as defined by the Constitution of Ukraine.
"Ukraine's course for NATO membership remains unchanged. The Annual National Program and the NATO Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine are the practical tools that will help us achieve this goal," Vadym Prystaiko said.