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NATO-Ukraine meeting at the level of Chiefs of Staff took place at NATO Headquarters
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The main attention was paid to security situation in eastern Ukraine, the provisions of the future State Target Programme for the Armed Forces of Ukraine Development untill 2022, directions of further cooperation between Ukraine and NATO on military sphere.

Chiefs of General Staff of NATO member countries expressed their intention to provide the support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stressed that the practical support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be provided in the future

Ukraine and NATO discussed cooperation on gender issues.

NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine shared on Facebook:

'Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General of the Army of Ukraine Victor Muzhenko had a meeting with Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.

At the meeting the parties agreed to enhance cooperation between Ukraine and NATO on gender issues. In particular, NATO stands ready to support the course of reforms of the Armed Forces of Ukraine including practical assistance in order to insure gender equality of the Ukrainian military personal. Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General of the Army of Ukraine Victor Muzhenko takes part in the 175th NATO Military Committee meeting in Chiefs of Defence Session in the NATO HQ in Brussels.'

Relations between Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) started in 1994. Ukraine applied to join the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 2008. Plans for NATO membership were shelved by Ukraine following the 2010 presidential election in which Viktor Yanukovych, who preferred to keep the country non-aligned, was elected President.

Amid the Euromaidan unrest, Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February 2014. The interim Yatsenyuk Government which came to power, initially said, with reference to the country's non-aligned status, that it had no plans to join NATO.

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