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 NATO assures Ukraine remains its important partner, - MP Iryna Herashchenko

NATO is willing to further support reforms of Ukraine’s defense sector and assures that Ukraine remains an important partner in the alliance's agenda.

Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairwoman Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"We held a meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller. It is very important to maintain contact with the Alliance's second most senior international civil servant. We discussed issues of NATO support to Ukraine, the security situation in the occupied Donbas and Crimea, human rights violations in these regions, daily violations of truce in Ukraine's east by the Russian Federation and the militants it backs. Special attention was focused on joint efforts to counter Russian propaganda as a key instrument of the hybrid war," Herashchenko wrote.

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"Ukrainian delegation reported about reforms implemented in the defense sector, public procurement, strengthening of parliamentary oversight of the defense sector, fight against corruption, and gender equality in the army. In turn, Ms. Gottemoeller noted that NATO had the greatest respect for the reforms in the defense sector of Ukraine.

"She also recognized that not many NATO members were allocating 5 percent of their budgets for the army, but all of them were aware of the risks Ukraine was facing and the need to strengthen the country's security sector. The deputy secretary-general assured that Ukraine remained an important partner in the alliance's agenda and promised further NATO support to reforms," Herashchenko summed up.

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