Ukraine Says To Seek Closer Ties With NATO In 2021
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Tue 01st December 2020 | 07:20 PM
Kiev, Dec 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Dec, 2020 ) :Ukraine said Tuesday it hopes to build closer ties with NATO in 2021 despite objections from Moscow and the continued conflict with Russia-backed separatists in the east.
Speaking to NATO ambassadors in Kiev, Defence Minister Andriy Taran said Ukraine hopes to be invited next year to join a Membership Action Plan, the first formal step towards becoming a part of the Western military alliance.
"We look forward to your... support for such a decision at the next NATO Summit in 2021," Taran said.
Ukraine has been fighting a Russian-backed insurgency in its eastern regions after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014, a conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives.