The participants of the meeting exchanged views on a wide range of issues concerning Ukraine-NATO bilateral relations as well as actual international problems.
In the course of the discussion particular attention was paid to the implementation of the agreements reached during NATO Secretary General Mr.Rasmussen’s visit to Ukraine in February 2011.
The NATO side positively assessed approval by the President of Ukraine of the Annual National Programme for 2011 and expressed its readiness to continue expert and resource support to Ukraine in implementing its large-scale domestic reforms.
Within the framework of the meeting the parties expressed their shared opinion that the Commission for Ukraine’s Partnership with the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization will promote further efficient development of our country’s relations with the Alliance.
Allied Foreign Ministers marked out Ukraine’s contribution to the international security, in particular by participating in the NATO-led operations and missions. Our country’s decision to contribute to training Afghan National Security Forces was highly appreciated.
Special attention was focused on the current developments in Libya. The participants of the meeting discussed possible ways of interaction between Ukraine and NATO in implementing the UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 on Libya. In this context NATO representatives expressed gratitude to Ukraine for sending a large landing ship of Naval Forces of Ukraine ”Kostyantyn Olshansky” to the Libyan coast for a humanitarian mission to evacuate Ukrainian citizens and citizens of other states from this country. For his part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine thanked the Alliance for providing assistance in ensuring the security of our ship.
The Alliance showed special interest in information on Ukraine’s preparation to the OSCE Chairmanship in 2013.
The Commission also discussed the issues of protracted conflicts. The parties confirmed their common commitment to settling the Transnistrian conflict in the “5+2” format.
As a result of the Ministerial meeting the parties approved a Joint Statement, which reflected Ukraine’s and NATO’s approach to the key issues of the bilateral agenda and important international problems.
The parties agreed to hold the next meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the level of Foreign Ministers in December 2011.