Euro-Atlantic Partnership Day: NATO-Ukraine Partnership v2.0. Photos

04:10 PM 15-12-2015

The Institute of World Policy held “Euro-Atlantic Partnership Day: NATO-Ukraine Partnership v2.0” Forum in Kyiv on December 15th, 2015.The event was supported by the NATO Center for Information and Documentation in Ukraine.

Representatives of the MFA of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense, Ukrainian and foreign diplomats, NATO Headquarters officials, local and foreign experts, journalist and civil activists took part in the Forum. The event brought together more than 100 participants, interested in the Ukraine-NATO relations.

Participants discussed a wide range of issues related to the Ukraine-NATO cooperation and changing security environment; in particular, reform of the Armed Forces, hybrid warfare, place of Ukraine in transatlantic relations, the Russian factor, and how to strengthen cooperation between Ukraine and Alliance.
Natalia Nemyliwska, Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine, Sergiy Shutenko? Head of the Department of International Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Viktor Shlinchak, Head of the Board of the Institute of World Policy
“Ukraine and NATO have never been so close and far at the same time than today. The recent poll conducted by the Razumkov Center and Democratic Initiatives Foundation shows that 46% of the people believes that Ukraine’s accession to NATO is the best way to ensure its national security. Moreover, in a hypothetical referendum on NATO membership almost 65% of its participants are ready to support Ukraine’s accession to NATO. We have quite a positive trend, as the number is 11% higher than it was in summer 2014. Of course, this number is a reaction to the Russian aggression. On the other hand, with the occupation of its territories Ukraine moves away from the NATO membership. The question is how we can describe current NATO-Ukraine relations? Whether it may be some informal plan for membership in NATO (which we could get almost 10 years ago)? Does the Ukrainian army fits to NATO standards? Is there currently a lack of trust in relations between Ukraine and NATO? “, – said Viktor Shlinchak, Head of the Board of the Institute of World Policy, opening the Forum.
Dominik Jankowski, Chief Specialist of Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director of the Institute of World Policy, David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute, and Simon James Thomas, Associate of the Oxford Institute for Statecraft.
IWP turned the event into an interactive experience by letting everybody post messages and photos to the Twitter wall, installed in the hall.
Petr Lunak, Deputy Head of the Engagement Section, Public Diplomacy Division at the NATO HQ, Ihor Kabanenko, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine (2014), Serhiy Sydorenko, Editor-in-Chief of “European Truth”, and Ihor Kosyak, Colonel, Head of the Territorial Defense of the Main Operations Directorate at the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Alvydas Medalinskas, Political Analyst at the Mykolas Romeris University; Former Chairman of Foreign Affairs in the Lithuania parliament
During the Forum IWP presented a memo “What can NATO offer to Ukraine?” . The paper was prepared by IWP analyst Ivan Medynskiy.