The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych signed the decree on admitting the units of the armed forces of other states in the territory of Ukraine in 2012 to participate in multinational military exercises, the official website of the head of state informs.

This year, the President decided to admit the units of the armed forces of the United States and the states - participants of the Partnership for Peace program in the territory of Ukraine to participate in the joint military exercises units with the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the framework of the military cooperation. The total number of the foreign participants makes up 1000 soldiers with the standard small arms, up to 4 helicopters and 10 units of military equipment. The military exercises are to be held for up to 20 days in July-September in the framework of the Rapid Trident – 2012 Ukrainian-American exercises.

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation (up to 200 soldiers with the standard small arms and military equipment) are also admitted for up to 8 days in July-October within the framework of the Slavic Commonwealth – 2012 exercises.

The units of the Armed Forces of the U.S. and the states participants of the Partnership for Peace program (up to 500 soldiers with the standard small arms, up to 19 ships, 3 submarines, 7 warplanes, 8 helicopters and 10 units of military equipment) are admitted for a period of 30 days in July and September in the framework of the Sea Breeze – 2012 Ukrainian-American exercises.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the amount of 300 soldiers, 15 ships, up to 7 warplanes and helicopters, 40 units of military equipment are admitted in the territory of Ukraine for a period of 7 days in May-October within the Peace Fairway – 2012 Russian-Ukrainian exercises.

The President entrusted the Cabinet of Ministers with ensuring timely introduction and withdrawal of the foreign armed forces units from the territory of Ukraine, as well as the safety of the citizens of Ukraine and foreign states during conducting the military exercises.

The defense minister of Ukraine is bearing responsibility for preparing and holding the multinational exercises in 2012 in Ukraine.

As reported, on May 24, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the Law on approval of the decision of the President of Ukraine on admitting the units of the armed forces of other states in the territory of Ukraine in 2012 to participate in multinational military exercises.

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