October 28, 2021
Ukraine participated in the meeting of the NATO North Atlantic Council Committee on Armaments on October 26 for the first time. Previously, participation in such meetings was the prerogative of alliance member countries, and Kiev sees the event as a hint that Brussels has taken a direct course towards accepting Ukraine into the organization, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes….
The leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has repeatedly reported on transitioning the country’s army and navy to NATO standards. Therefore, representatives of Kiev were on the same page with the alliance in discussing armaments.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said that at the meeting the parties talked about innovations in the military-technical sphere, cooperation in the realm of science and the military-industrial complex….NATO is able to offer Kiev full military programs and plans, the newspaper writes. This support, according to media reports, was expressed in new supplies of weapons and defense resources by the Pentagon to the tune of roughly $60 mln.
Military expert, retired colonel Nikolai Shulgin told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that the Ukrainian head of state would be able to discuss new military projects in a few days, when he pays a visit to the United Kingdom. “UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already waiting for him….London is becoming one of the main strategic defense partners of Ukraine and this is alarming,” Shulgin noted.