Shmyhal offers Germany to exchange experience in cybersecurity

Shmyhal offers Germany to exchange experience in cybersecurity

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal invites Germany to exchange experience in the field of cybersecurity, as Ukraine is constantly countering cyberattacks from the Russian Federation.

Shmyhal said this during a meeting with Federal Minister of Defense of Germany Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on March 19, the Government portal reported.

The meeting took place as part of the working visit of a Ukrainian delegation to the Federal Republic of Germany.

The parties raised an issue of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and the de-occupation of Crimea.

The prime minister stressed that Ukraine is interested in intensifying military and technical cooperation with Germany as one of the major international partners.

In addition, Shmyhal offered Kramp-Karrenbauer to exchange experience in the field of cybersecurity, as Ukraine has constantly countered cyberattacks from the Russian Federation.

"Ukraine, in fact being a testing ground for the use of cyber tools for malicious purposes, has unique practical experience in neutralizing cyberattacks, which can be useful for partner countries," he said.

The prime minister stressed that Ukraine seeks to develop cooperation with Germany in the field of cybersecurity and at this stage it is important to deepen sectoral cooperation. In this regard, Ukraine expresses readiness to hold a second round of bilateral cyber consultations with Germany.

The Ukrainian prime minister assured the German defense minister that Euro-Atlantic integration is a priority of Ukraine's foreign and security policy. He also thanked Germany for its support in granting Ukraine the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner.

"Ukraine will use this status to further strengthen relations with the Alliance. In particular, we seek to achieve that by increasing participation in NATO operations, training and exercises; strengthening the exchange of information between Ukraine and the Alliance; exchanging experience and expertise on countering hybrid warfare; and increasing the presence of Ukrainian specialists in NATO structures’ positions," he stressed.

According to Shmyhal, the implementation of real reforms is Ukraine's path towards membership in the Alliance. Therefore, Ukraine remains committed to structural reforms and modernization of the security and defense sector.

He thanked for the highly professional advisory assistance provided by the advisers of the Ministry of Defense of Germany in the process of reforming the defense sector of Ukraine. Shmyhal also praised the significant financial and technical support rendered by the German Ministry of Defense in the process of modernization of military medical facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Shmyhal expressed hope that Germany, as a reliable partner of Ukraine at the highest political level, will join the Crimean Platform summit and become an active participant in this initiative.

As Ukrinform reported, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal hopes for Germany's active participation in the international platform for the de-occupation of Crimea. He said this at a meeting with the leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet in Dusseldorf on March 18.


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