The beginning of 2000 has seen a significant development of relations
between NATO and Ukraine.
Ukraine has recently been the host to the first NATO-Ukraine Commission
ever to have been held on Ukrainian soil. This symbolic event has
been a catalyst for further developments. The Ukrainian Parliament
-the Verkhovna Rada- has ratified the agreement with NATO concerning
the presence of foreign troops on Ukrainian territory during Partnership
for Peace exercises. It has also ratified the Open Skies Treaty
which allows signatories to carry out flights over each other's
Other NATO-Ukraine activities are being developed such as cooperation
in the fields of Civil Emergency Planning and disaster relief.
Defence reform has become a priority since Ukraine is working toward
a professional army. In this respect, NATO is engaging in a series
of initiatives within the Joint Working Group on Defence Reform.
Recently, an international conference was held in Kyiv on "Ukrainian
Defence Reform: the Challenge of Change". It was jointly organised
by NATO and the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies,
Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
resolution photos of the Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission
(NUC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv
resolution photos of the visit to Ukraine by NATO Secretary
General Lord Robertson with NATO Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives