Monday, May 26, 2008

Ukrainian, Serbian military delegations discuss cooperation between Defense Ministries

The Ukrainian and Serbian military delegations have discussed promising directions for the development of bilateral cooperation between the defense ministries of two countries during a meeting in Kyiv on Saturday. The meeting took place as part of a visit by Secretary of State of the Serbian Ministry of Defense Dusan Spasojevic to Ukraine.

The press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry told that the parties had also considered the ways of developing military and technical cooperation between the countries, particularly in repairing and modernizing military equipment.

Particular attention was paid to the issues of regional security, including the situation in the Balkans and Kosovo as part of Ukrainian peacekeepers from the Ukrainian-Polish battalion UkrPolBat fulfilling their tasks in KFOR. Spasojevic thanked Ukraine and the leadership of the Defense Ministry for the significant contribution of Ukrainian soldiers to maintaining peace in Kosovo.

Representatives of the Serbian delegation also expressed interest in studying Ukraine's peacekeeping experience. In this connection, the sides spoke about the training of Serbian troops in Ukraine according to the programs on international peacekeeping activities, in particular, at the center for training officers for multinational headquarters of the National Defense Academy of Ukraine.

Moreover, both delegations also shared experience in transformation processes that are currently being held in the armies of the two countries, as well as integration with Euro-Atlantic and European structures.