British instructors will complete the training of 4,000 Ukrainian military personnel by March 2017, UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond told journalists on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw.
"We have a very active cooperation with Ukraine. The UK will train 4,000 Ukrainian servicemen until March 2017," Hammond said.
The minister also expressed his hope to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, adding that the UK plans to make a significant contribution to this cooperation, particularly in the field of training Ukraine’s servicemen.
He also emphasized that the process of Montenegro’s accession to NATO shows that the alliance’s door is potentially open to all countries, including Ukraine.
In March, British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon said in a statement that the UK instructors and advisers already trained 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers, adding that there are plans to train 300 more in 2016.