The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, stated that NATO will continue to help Ukraine reform its Armed Forces, Interfax-Ukraine reported. “We will provide economic support to Ukraine; we will try to support it in the military sector, in relation to the reform of Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Solberg stated during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
According to her, NATO hopes that Ukraine can cope with the challenges and carry out the necessary reforms in order to strengthen its security. “I agree that we have to support Ukraine. However, there is a huge need in Ukraine to carry out reforms. Reforms have been carried out and they should be continued,” Solberg stated.
Recently, US Vice President Joe Biden urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to unite the country so reforms can be enacted in a timely manner. On February 10th, the Ministers of Defense of the 28 NATO members approved a proposal to strengthen the Alliance’s presence in Eastern Europe.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Alliance will continue to bolster its military capabilities in the Black Sea region. On 7th of February, the Head of Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Egor Bozhok, stated that Kiev and the Alliance will reach an agreement on the creation of Special Forces in the near future. In December, Ukraine and NATO signed a roadmap for military-technical cooperation.