At the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg opened Ukraine-NATO training on liquidation of consequences of emergencies “Ukraine-2015”, Joinfo.ua reports citing the press service of the President of Ukraine.
Addressing the participants of training, President Petro Poroshenko called this day a unique day in the history of Ukraine-NATO relations, for it is the first visit of the NATO Secretary General to Ukraine and the first such training held jointly with NATO. “It is another evidence of enhancement of our special partnership with NATO,” the President emphasized.
According to the Head of State, the given training will promote the improvement of readiness of Ukrainian rescue services to help people in time, eliminate threats, man-made emergencies and natural disasters. The President mentioned the impressive scale of training: 1100 rescuers from 34 countries of the world are involved in it.
Addressing the NATO Secretary General, the President emphasized: “We highly appreciate great practical benefit of these exercises for the improvement of the level of training of our rescue services, which is particularly important in conditions of Russian aggression against Ukraine”.
The Head of State called the participation of 34 countries in the training a manifestation of solidarity with the people of Ukraine in one of the most difficult periods of Ukrainian modern history. “We are grateful to our NATO partners for an opportunity to carry out this international training in Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said. The President expressed special gratitude to NATO countries for their professional, technical and humanitarian support for Ukraine.
In his turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized: “NATO exists to ensure people’s security and this includes the liquidation of consequences of emergencies”. NATO has been conducting such training for 15 years already.
Jens Stoltenberg noted that NATO representatives assemble together every year not to learn how to wage a war, but to train their interaction in a disaster and skills of rescuing human lives.
The NATO Secretary General said that Ukraine was aware of natural and man-made disasters from its own experience. “In any circumstances, irrespective of the reason, Ukraine and its partners must be ready and able to react as efficiently as possible,” he emphasized.
Jens Stoltenberg stressed: “It is not a military training. It is an opportunity for those who have to be the first to react to work together on search and rescue operations, interaction of chemical, biological and radiological protection experts, as well as police, medical and fire services of NATO countries and states-partners”.
Jens Stoltenberg thanked the President and Ukrainians for hosting the training. “Hosting this training you demonstrate that Ukraine is willing to contribute to the security of European nations and the entire Euro-Atlantic region,” he said.
It should be recalled that according to the Ukraine-NATO program of cooperation, Alliance and Ukraine are forming a new command and control system, which will become the basis for further reform of the AFU.