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Vladimir Zelensky and Jens Stoltenberg

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Ukraine has received the status of a member of the Partnership for advanced features of NATO, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

“This day came. I am deeply grateful to our Alliance partners, because they made this possible. Ukraine finally gets the deserved status of partner for expanded capabilities of NATO. We make each other stronger together”, – quotes “Interfax” the entry of the Minister in Twitter.

NATO confirmed that on 12 June the Alliance admitted Ukraine as a partner of the Program extended features. On 12 June announced, Ben Wallace, Minister of defence of the United Kingdom.

The status of a partner with advanced features – part of the NATO initiatives for the development of interoperability between the armed forces of allies and partners who have made significant contributions in the operation of the North Atlantic Treaty.

This status so far enjoyed only Georgia, Jordan, Australia, Finland and Sweden. Each partner has an individual relationship with NATO, based on areas of mutual interest.

The current decision means that Ukraine will be able to use expanded access programs compatibility, to participate in joint exercises, to greater exchange of information, including information on acquired practical experience.

In October 2019, a visit to Ukraine by the North Atlantic Council headed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Before arriving in Kiev, the delegation visited Odessa, in the port of which on the eve of the moored four ships of countries-members of the Alliance patrolling the Black sea.