First deputy defense minister: Ukraine will continue to develop cooperation with NATO

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April 28, 2010, 3:19 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian First Deputy Defense Minister Hryhoriy Pedchenko has told Head of the Force Planning Department of the NATO Defense Policy and Planning Division Frank Boland that Ukraine is planning to continue to develop cooperation with NATO. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's press and information department reported on Wednesday that Pedchenko had said this at a meeting with a delegation of NATO experts, headed by Boland, in Kyiv on April 27.

"We will continue to develop our relations with NATO as part of the annual national program, the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the NATO-Ukraine Military Committee, and the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Defense Reform," Pedchenko said.

He also said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had been actively involved in four out of five international operations led by NATO and were planning to continue to participate in peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the alliance.

"Ukraine and NATO have a lot of unused opportunities for cooperation," he said.
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