The strategic nature of Ukrainian-American relations in the defense sphere was confirmed: the Ministers of Defense of Ukraine and the United States had a telephone conversation

Today, February 19, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Defense of the United States of America Lloyd Austin, which once again confirmed the strategic nature of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States in the field of defense.

Andriy Taran congratulated his American colleague on his appointment and acquainted him with the security situation in Ukraine and around its borders. During the conversation, the heads of departments discussed issues of defense reform and progress in key areas. In turn, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed the continued support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).

– We are grateful to the people and the Government of the United States for their unwavering assistance and participation in strengthening Ukraine’s resilience to external threats and promoting progress towards full membership in NATO. We are constantly enhancing our interoperability with Alliance forces through technical assistance, as well as joint participation in international peacekeeping and security operations. Therefore, Ukraine reaffirms its intention to continue to participate in NATO operations, in particular as part of the NATO Training Advisory Mission Strong Support, the NATO Multinational Force in Kosovo, and prepares to send forces and resources to the NATO Training Mission in Iraq and the NATO operation in the Mediterranean. security guard “, – Andriy Taran emphasized.

Lloyd Austin, for his part, thanked for the continued participation of Ukrainian forces in international operations.

The parties also spoke in detail about the practical steps to implement Ukraine’s status as a NATO partner with enhanced capabilities.

The heads of defense departments expressed mutual hope for a personal meeting in the near future.

Andriy Taran invited the US Secretary of Defense to take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence.

(c)UKRAINIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE 2021

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