US, Ukraine sign agreement to boost strategic partnership in defense, security

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Canan Kevser
01 September 2021, 10:35
Canan Kevser
01 September 2021, 10:35

Ukraine and the United States has signed a number of agreements on strategic defense partnership, scientific and technical cooperation, space flight security, information protection and border security.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed a Strategic Defense Framework agreement on Tuesday, during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's official visit to Washington.

The agreement creates conditions for a significant strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense, provides international legal support from the US for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, ensures joint resistance to Russian aggression and facilitates Ukraine's membership in NATO, the presidential press service reports.

"In order to continue to achieve these goals for the period until December 2026, bilateral defense relations will focus on confirming that bilateral security cooperation, as well as US support, including a full training program, effectively help Ukraine counter Russian aggression; carrying out reforms in the defense sector in accordance with NATO principles and standards; promoting the implementation of the provisions of the strategy for the development of the defense industry and the implementation of reforms to meet the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; deepening cooperation in the Black Sea region in order to ensure freedom of navigation and effective counteraction to threats and challenges in all spheres of military activity; strengthening cooperation in the field of cybersecurity; closer partnership of defense intelligence communities," the statement reads.

Also, the parties intend to deepen cooperation in the Black Sea region in order to ensure freedom of navigation and effectively counter external threats and challenges in all areas of military activity, strengthen cooperation in cybersecurity, and achieve closer partnership of defense intelligence communities to support military planning and defense operations.