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Defense cooperation with Ukraine

(B2) The last summit between the European Union and Ukraine, in Paris on September 9, was an opportunity to revitalize cooperation in security and defense matters. Reading the conclusions of the summit, we see four areas of cooperation:
• Diplomatic, there is an “alignment” (this is the very term used) of Ukraine with the declarations and positions of the EU. A fairly ritualistic formula.
• Civil cooperation: the entry into force of the framework agreement on Ukraine's participation in crisis management operations led by the EU opens up “new prospects for concrete cooperation”.
• Military cooperation, a “regular dialogue” has been established between the military bodies, the EU Military Committee, on the one hand, and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, on the other.
• Industrial cooperation, the parties announced their intention to explore the “possibilities of establishing military and technical cooperation”. Ukraine should thus establish with the European Defense Agency “close contacts to discuss issues of military capabilities”.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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