The non-aligned status of Ukraine does not restrict its cooperation with NATO, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said at a press conference after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Berlin on Friday.

"Ukraine and NATO are continuing their close and constructive cooperation," the Ukrainian diplomat said. He said that evidence of this was the fact that for the first time in many years, following a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the sides adopted a joint statement outlining the parameters of cooperation in different areas, UKRINFORM reported.

Hryshchenko said that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had noted the important role of Ukraine in maintaining peace and security through its participation in the alliance's certain operations. During the meeting, the sides discussed possible cooperation in the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the fight against terrorism, cyber-threats and the issue of energy security.

They also raised the issue of creating a missile defense system in Europe. "During the consultations, we better understood the alliance's plans in this regard. We are interested in a dialogue with NATO regarding missile defense, but before the question of our possible participation in these plans is resolved, we still need to analyze our own opportunities, political aspects and the level of benefit for our own interests," Hryshchenko said. He said that the question of creating a European missile defense system was at the stage of "conceptualization." The diplomat said that the creation of such a system in Europe would have "serious political consequences."

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