Ukraine has been working hard to get the status of "Major US non-NATO Ally", Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said in an interview on the "Left Bank with Sonia Koshkina" talk show.
"In 2015, we adopted Military Doctrine that outlines the precise tasks. Firstly, its European course. Secondly, it's NATO membership This is what we are working on. On the status of a special partner -the president of Ukraine set the task to work in this direction," Ukrainian defence chief said.
"We must prove our colleagues, including in the Alliance, that we have a clear vision of the reform in the armed forces and the Ministry of Defence. Reforms should be made irreversible."
To date, 16 countries, including Israel and Japan, have the status of the "Major US non-NATO Ally".
On 14 September, the United States and Israel signed an unprecedented in terms of numbers contract under which the United States undertook to allocate the Israeli army 38bn dollars within the span of ten years.