President of Ukraine

President had a meeting with NATO Secretary General

24 September 2019 - 19:14

President had a meeting with NATO Secretary General

A meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was held within the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The parties discussed further steps in the development of political relations and practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reaffirmed our country's willingness to continue active interaction with the Alliance in implementing structural reforms in the security and defense sector under the NATO standards.

The President noted the importance of the NATO's North Atlantic Council visit to Ukraine, which will take place at the end of October this year. He is hopeful that the visit will enhance practical cooperation with the Alliance in the development of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in particular the Ukrainian Navy, as well as promote greater involvement of NATO in maintaining security in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Also, the parties discussed the issue of increasing the level of cooperation in the modernization of the Ukrainian Navy.

The President called the increase in the level of compatibility of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with the forces of NATO member states, in particular through participation in joint exercises, training and military cooperation programs, a priority area of work.

In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Jens Stoltenberg discussed the initiatives of the Ukrainian authorities aimed to tackle corruption.

"We are tired of hearing the word “corruption”. We are determined to overcome it. The Verkhovna Rada is already adopting bills to reform the law enforcement agencies, and we will launch the Financial Investigation Service soon. On September 5, the Supreme Anticorruption Court started operating in Ukraine and we are waiting for the court verdicts,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.