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Estonia Considers Ukraine an Important NATO Ally

15.04.2011

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When talking about the meeting between the foreign ministers of NATO and Ukraine that took place in Berlin today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Ukraine expressed strong interest in continuing to co-operate in the area of defence reforms and participating in NATO operations. “In addition to these areas, there are also opportunities for NATO-Ukraine co-operation in the fight against piracy and in the energy security and cyber security sectors,” he added.

Paet stated that Ukraine’s co-operation with NATO is extremely important. “Ukraine participates in all of NATO’s peacekeeping operation and has made a tremendous contribution to creating and supporting peace as a NATO partner country. Although accession to NATO is not currently Ukraine’s goal, this has not reduced the amount of practical co-operation between Ukraine and NATO,” he said.

However, Paet also confirmed that NATO’s open-door policy would continue, meaning that Ukraine could become a NATO member in the future. “Estonia has shared the reform experiences it gained during its accession with Ukraine and is currently contributing to the work of the NATO Liaison Office in Kiev,” said Foreign Minister Paet.
 

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