"Our immediate objective is to ensure Ukraine's accession to the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program as we were promised at the Alliance's Wales Summit [September 4-5, 2014] which took place against the backdrop of tragic events in our country and when the Heads of State and Government of the Alliance members decided (I am a living witness to this) that Ukraine's accession to this program was settled but the timeline was to be the next step. We would like this next step to be taken next year," Deputy Foreign Minister Yehor Bozhok said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
At the same time, the deputy minister stressed, the MFA's tactical task is to ensure that the foreign ministers of NATO member states approve Ukraine's accession to the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) following on from the decision of 2008 NATO Bucharest Summit.
Bozhok also said that the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program is a "parallel track" and it has no direct link with the MAP.
In September 2016, Ukraine submitted a formal application to join the Enhanced Opportunities Program for special partners.
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