NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, opened a joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise in Yavoriv on Monday (21 September 2015), at the start of his first official visit to Ukraine which is to highlight the partnership between NATO and Ukraine.
“This exercise can make a real and significant difference to the way we respond to real life emergencies,” the Secretary General said. “This is not a military exercise. It is an opportunity for first responders – from Allies and from partner nations – to work together.”
The four-day exercise, which involves 28 NATO and partner nations, shows the practical value of the NATO-Ukraine partnership, said Mr. Stoltenberg. “By hosting this exercise you are showing that Ukraine wants to contribute to the safety of the European people and to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area,” he said. During his two-day visit, the Secretary General will meet with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other senior Ukrainian officials, including parliamentarians. Their talks are expected to focus on Ukraine’s reform efforts and future NATO-Ukraine cooperation.
The “Ukraine 2015” exercise is jointly run by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).
Read more about the event at NATO official website: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_122740.htm?selectedLocale=en