• Last updated: 26 Oct. 2011 11:53

NATO Liaison Office (NLO) Ukraine – Overview


  • Facilitate practical cooperation under the NATO-Ukraine Commission;
  • Enhance cooperation between NATO and Ukrainian authorities


  • Liaise: Ukrainian, NATO, Allied, and Partner Authorities
  • Advise: Ukraine and NATO on current and future cooperation
  • Facilitate: Programmes, Projects, Events, Visits

Principle Ukrainian Partners

  • Core Executive: the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Security and Defence Council, the Presidential Secretariat
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament)
  • Ministry of Defence / Armed Forces
  • Security Sector Institutions: the Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Emergencies, the State Border Guard Service
  • Other Ministries: Economy, Industrial Policy, Finance
  • Civil society organizations involved in defence and security issues.

Current Priorities

  • Strengthening Ukraine’s implementation of broad Euro-Atlantic reforms:
    • Assisting Ukraine in planning and implementing the Annual National Programmes (ANPs)
    • Improving inter-agency coordination
  • Enhancing NATO-Ukraine political and practical dialogue
    • Intensive engagement at a senior political level
    • Intensified dialogue on reforms
    • Consultation on national security and regional security issues
    • NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Groups: Defence Reform / Technical Cooperation / Economic Security
  • Supporting transformation and democratic governance of defence and security sector:
    • Parliamentary and executive oversight;
    • Implementing the National Security Strategy; improving national security system
    • Strengthening democratic management: expert engagement and training civil servants (the JWGDR Professional Development Programme)
    • Strengthening impact of civil society on national security and defence issues (the NATO-Ukraine Partnership Network for Civil Society Expertise Development)
  • Supporting operations and building interoperability to face common challenges:
    • KFOR, the Operation Active Endeavor, ISAF, NTM Iraq
    • Effective, interoperable commands & staffs at strategic/operational levels
    • Deployable, interoperable, sustainable capabilities at operational/unit level
    • New security threats, including fight against terrorism and cyber defence
  • Addressing legacy issues:
    • Munitions Destruction, Safety & Security (the NATO PfP Demilitarization Trust Fund Project)
    • Social Protection of Current & Departing Servicemen (the NATO-Ukraine Resettlement Programme)


  • Founded in April 1999; co-located with the General Staff Euro-Atlantic Integration Directorate
  • Staff of 16: Civilian Head (Poland/NATO HQ); 1 NATO civilian (Estonia); 3 NATO military (Lithuania, Poland, Germany); 4 Ukr civilian + 3 project teams (currently 7 staff)
  • Close co-operation with the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv.