Ukraine urges NATO to use country's air transport potential – Defense Ministry

14:26, 14 July 2016
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Ukraine has invited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to make use of Ukraine's air transport capabilities to carry alliance  troops and cargo, a UNIAN correspondent reported, referring to comments made by Head of Defense Ministry's Department on military policy, strategic planning and international cooperation, Major-General Anatoliy Petrenko.

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Petrenko noted that Ukraine's Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, held a series of bilateral meetings during the NATO summit in Warsaw, which met on July 8-9.

"With regard to our priorities and proposals, the Defense Minister has also put forward specific proposals for NATO, our allies and partners, enabling us to make use of Ukraine's potential, with a view of strengthening mutual interests in the security sector," Petrenko said.

Read alsoUkraine, India mulling launch of joint aircraft production "In this context, I would also like to mention our potential in the field of strategic and air transport. As is known, a fundamental decision has been taken. The cooperation with the Russian Federation has been suspended, within the framework of NATO's Strategic Airlift Interim Solution, and we propose NATO take advantage of the potential of our state-owned company Antonov and begin using Ruslan and Mriya aircraft for transportation of troops and cargo," Petrenko said.

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