Senior officers from the United States and Ukrainian military are meeting to discuss mutual goals in a post-Soviet world, AHN reported.

Officials say the annual U.S.-Ukraine workshop, held in Germany, centers on future military-to-military opportunities, including joint military objectives, priorities, programs, exercises and assessment mechanisms.

Workshop coordinator, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Guffey says the meeting was productive, adding, "We set the agenda for the next two years."

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Anderson, EUCOM's European Division chief, explains how the meeting is a continuation of an initiative begun two years ago, focused on increasing interaction and military cooperation between the two countries.

Col. Anderson says, "I think we have come a long way since 2004, as today we have very ambitious goals to strengthen our military-to-military relationship."

Col. Oleskander Sherstuik of the Ukrainian General Staff, calls the meeting and important push for future cooperation, adding "We can spend endless time planning; however, we must ensure we initiate our plans into action."

Sherstuik was echoed by Ukrainian Lt. Col. Olexander Krushelnyski, who says, "Cooperation between the Ukraine and the United States, one of NATO's leading countries, should be focused at supporting key objectives of military development and strengthening democratic control over the armed forces."


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