Prior to the meeting, the head of the Ukrainian delegation met with the NATO Secretary General. Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that the Alliance will continue to provide comprehensive support to Ukraine in reforming its defense sector and strengthening its military potential.
According to him, NATO takes principled stands regarding the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of Ukraine. The Alliance is set to enhance cooperation with Ukraine, including assistance under existing and future projects and cooperation initiatives. This applies to both quantity and quality. Trust funds and advisers' assistance in Ukraine will remain a powerful tool of NATO. Alliance calls on Ukraine to pursue security and defense reforms and assures it of remaining a reliable partner in this regard.
In turn, General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak briefed his interlocutor on the security situation in the country as well as practical steps carried out by the Ukrainian side for its normalization. According to him, in spite of the ongoing armed aggression plotted and supported by the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian side, enjoying the effective support of NATO partners, persists in reforming and strengthening country's defense sector.
During the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the head of the Ukrainian delegation informed the participants about the current military-political situation in the east of Ukraine as well as the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, aimed at repelling the aggression.
In their speeches, the heads of delegations of NATO member states reaffirmed their commitment to the support of defense sector reforms in Ukraine and the need to ensure democratic, public control of Ukraine's military component being one of the key elements of the reforms.
The speakers condemned the ongoing Russian aggression and once again urged it to help stabilize the situation. The Ukrainian side was also informed about the practical assistance measures which will be additionally provided to Ukraine.
In the outcome, the Commission agreed on a joint action plan for the period up to the Warsaw Summit of the Alliance, which is to take place in July this year.