He stated this at a round table discussion entitled "Ukraine-NATO. A Year of Rapprochement and Integration. Plans, Expectations, and Results of Interaction" at Ukrinform on Monday.
Vinnikov said that NATO's aspirations for partnership with Ukraine remained unchanged regarding political support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also added that illegal annexation of Crimea is not recognized and will never be recognized and that NATO's position on what is happening in the east of Ukraine remains very clear.
He said that next year would be very loaded in terms of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.
According to Vinnikov, there will be a lot of challenges, but, in his opinion, the political dialogue will continue at the highest level.