Foreign and security policy
Ukraine over a long period of time has been participating in the realization of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).
The current framework of cooperation in the realization of the CSDP is determined by the Mechanisms for consultations between the EU and Ukraine on crisis management adopted at the EU Summit in Seville (21-22/06/2010).
The basic documents regulating the EU-Ukraine CSDP cooperation are Agreement on security procedures for the exchange of classified information and Agreement establishing a framework for participation of Ukraine in the EU-led crisis management operations (concluded on June 13, 2005 and ratified by Ukraine in December 2006 and March 2008 respectively).
The Agreements established the necessary legal basis for the participation of the Ukrainian peace-keeping contingent to the renewed EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM) during 2016 - 2012.
In the framework of the CSDP cooperation upon the EU proposal the Government of Ukraine took a decision to contribute to the EU Naval Operation ATALANTA to help deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia (EU NAVFOR ATALANTA). Currently UKR Naval officer is deployed to the the Operational HQ. During January, 03 – March, 04, 2014 UKR Frigate “Hetman Sagaydachnyi” with on board helicopter Ka-27 and boarding team is deployed to the EU NAVFOR Somalia.
During July, 01 – December, 31, 2011 UKR marines company and a transport aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were stand – by as a part of the EU Battle Group HelBRoC (composed of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus) and took over duty. Marines company and 8 staff officers are stand – by with EU Battle Group HelBRoC since January, 01, 2014. Currently UKR is working out on the participation in EU BG in 2016.
In the framework of the cooperation in the sphere of the Common Foreign and Security Policy Ukraine since 2005 can align itself with positions and statements of the European Union on regional and international issues. Thereby Ukraine has the right to be a part of the EU position along with the candidate countries and member-states of the European Economic Area. Discussion on the outstanding CFSP issues of international and regional security is a regular agenda point of high and expert level meetings of Ukraine-EU political dialogue.