The Pentagon has signed an agreement on military cooperation with Ukraine

Pentagon chief ash Carter and defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak signed the agreement on cooperation in the military sphere, according to Reuters. It is aimed at improvement of the Ukrainian army, the promotion of defence reforms in Ukraine and strengthening of military-technical cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in London, Carter called the document “very, very important agreement that will help the further development opportunities of Ukraine in the sphere of protection of its territory.

According to the agreement of the agencies, the former commander of the Central command of the U.S. armed forces, retired General John Abizaid is the senior military adviser, who oversees the sphere of military cooperation with Ukraine.

“Abizaid will provide authoritative advice of the Minister Poltorak and other senior Ukrainian officials on the issue of reforms to bring the armed forces of Ukraine in line with Western principles and standards, such as the strengthening of democratic civilian control over the armed forces, the fight against corruption, the transition to NATO are compatible with the structure of the personnel”, — is spoken in the message published on the website of the Pentagon.

The report also notes that a cooperation agreement would rely on the “strong partnership” between the U.S. and Ukraine, and will enhance the effectiveness of efforts to assist Ukraine’s security.

As recalled by the us defense Department, starting in 2014, the U.S. has provided more than $600 million in assistance to Ukraine in the defense sector, including training programs to build the capacity of defense of Ukraine, the equipment to support the operational needs of the security forces of Ukraine, as well as advice on the revitalization of key reforms in the military sphere.