Sunday, June 3, 2007

NATO Secretary General praised Ukrainian corvette "Ternopil" activity during maneuvers within NATO Active Endeavor operation

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer well criticized the corvette's Ternopil activity involved in the NATO Active Endeavor operation in Mediterranean.

"We feel great pleasure for the "Ternopil" ship presence here. This is a vivid example of the Ukrainian corvette managed to integrate with NATO's warships within a short time", - the Alliance's Secretary General noted. "I can say it is not easy to follow the NATO's procedures and practice and be really concurred with the NATO's Naval Forces", - he stressed.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer also pointed out that Ukraine's ship participation within the Active Endeavor operation means that the Ukraine-NATO partnership may contribute substantially not only to political area but to the practical military cooperation area as well. "For me, as for anybody else, who grew up in time of the cold war, it is very symbolic to observe NATO warships and the U.S. battleship "Theodore Roosevelt" travelling alongside with the "Ternopil" corvette. This is an extraordinary event for us and our Ukrainian friends", - the Alliance's Head stated.