Ukraine proposes joint military exercise with NATO to counter Russian-Belarusian drills Západ-2021

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Ukrainian presidential cabinet deputy, Román Mashovets, proposed during a meeting with the Canadian ambassador to Ukraine, Larisa Galadza, to hold joint military exercises with NATO to counter the alleged threat that comes from the Russian-Belarusian drills Západ-2021 ( West-2021) scheduled in September.

“Such actions by the Russian Federation represent a challenge for the security of Ukraine and NATO that must be countered with joint efforts,” declared Mashovets and suggested as one of the possible solutions to carry out “joint activities, including military exercises in Ukraine and Alliance”.

He also recommended increasing the level of combat readiness of forces in NATO member countries bordering Ukraine.
Mashovets informed the ambassador that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, ratified a military security strategy under the execution of the national security strategy.

“This is an important document, we began to prepare a bulletin on strategic defense, a state program for the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine until 2025 and a defense plan,” he explained.

He also informed about the reform of the Ukrainian defense industry sector, in particular the transformation of the state consortium Ukroboronprom into various groups of companies.