Kyiv: Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Vadym Prystayko, said that Kyiv had offered NATO to create a separate aid package for the Ukrainian Navy, the local media reported on Wednesday, February 13.
"We have a so-called aid package, in which there are different mechanisms, in particular, trust funds. One of the ideas is to help our Navy to form one package to see what needs are and what opportunities there are to help each country could find a niche," said the diplomat.
Prystayko noted that Ukraine had submitted to the Alliance a request for support in the Black Sea before the meeting of defense ministers on February 13-14.
“Our official request has already entered the Alliance. It has been agreed with our Armed Forces, it has already been transferred to all members. At the time of the ministers' arrival, they have our requests. We are working to ensure that these measures are implemented,” Prystayko said.
According to him, the request, in particular, contains a request for financial, political and demonstrative support (i.e., presence in the Black Sea), as well as the organization of joint exercise.
"We are requesting assistance in developing the infrastructure of our naval forces, bases, shipboard personnel, anti-ship assets. Intelligence, radar, information sharing are all that the military must request from other countries for military assistance," the diplomat explained.