Shmyhal, Stoltenberg discuss Ukraine-NATO exercises.

Ukraine continues to work to deepen its cooperation with NATO as this is a priority for the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said.

He told this to reporters at a briefing after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on February 9, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"We continue to carry out reforms to make sure Ukraine gets a NATO Membership Action Plan. This is our key short-term goal," Shmyhal said.

According to him, for this purpose, the Ukrainian authorities have developed annual national programs to prepare for the MAP. The Ukrainian side continues to maintain an active dialogue with NATO on a wide range of issues, including the fight against the coronavirus, Russian aggression, cyberattacks, strengthening regional security, and involving Ukrainian troops in NATO-led peacekeeping operations.

"We are working to fill our partnership with enhanced opportunities. We are very interested in expanding our cooperation with the Alliance in the field of security in the Black Sea region," Shmyhal said.

He noted that the issues of strengthening cooperation with NATO and preparations for the joint Coherent Resilience exercises were raised at his meeting with Stoltenberg. "They [the exercises] will take place in 2021," Shmyhal said.

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