Ukraine Assigns $1 Mln To Increase Population’s Awareness Of NATO

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine allocated one million U.S. dollars in this year’s budget to raise the population’s awareness of NATO, the presidential press service said on Sunday in a follow-up of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to Germany.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

While in Germany, the Ukrainian leader met with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Yushchenko thanked NATO for the assistance in the elimination of redundant ammunition and light armament.

“I hope for your assistance to broader NATO financial aid in the disposal of ammunition and light weapons in Ukraine,” Yushchenko said.

He repeated his invitation to the NATO Secretary General to visit Ukraine this July.

In Munich, Yushchenko also met with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates to discuss the topical issues of bilateral relations.

Ukraine is very interested in enhancing special training programs for servicemen, civilian personnel and specialists at educational establishments of NATO member-countries, including those in the U.S.

Source: ITAR-Tass