November 25, 2008

High-Level NATO-Ukraine Consultations

On November 12-13, 2008, high-level NATO-Ukraine consultations were held in Tallinn. The meeting was organised by the International Centre for Defence Studies in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and other Estonian government agencies.

On November 12-13, 2008, high-level NATO-Ukraine consultations were held in Tallinn. The meeting was organised by the International Centre for Defence Studies in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and other Estonian government agencies.

On November 12-13, 2008, high-level NATO-Ukraine consultations were held in Tallinn. The meeting was organised by the International Centre for Defence Studies in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and other Estonian government agencies. The meeting was a success in terms of its content and organisation. The topics under discussion included the progress of Ukraine’s defence reforms and Ukraine’s security in the new, post-August War era. The Ukrainian Defence Minister convinced his NATO colleagues that Kyiv has adopted a serious and constructive approach towards the security of Ukraine and the entire region. Ukraine and its Western friends share the same security-related values – the right to choose its own allies, territorial integrity, democracy and civil liberties. NATO Defence Ministers headed by Robert Gates reaffirmed their strong support for Ukraine’s NATO aspirations.  In addition to the Estonian Defence Minister, Jaak Aaviksoo, the Defence Ministers of the US, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark and Albania participated in the meeting. Three states – the UK, Bulgaria and Norway – were represented by Deputy Ministers. Nine Allies had sent their Ambassadors to NATO to participate in the meeting. The rest of the states were represented by either secretary generals or deputy secretary generals. The consultations were chaired by the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo di Paolo, was also present at the meeting.
The fact that Estonia chose for hosting the NATO-Ukraine consultations from among all the international meetings shows that the provision of help to Ukraine in its NATO aspirations has special significance for Estonia in the new security context after the August War.
See also:Keynote address by President Ilves

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