BERLIN (Agencies): Germany and Ukraine are expected to sign a security cooperation agreement at the Munich Security Conference, which will take place from February 16-18, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The German newspaper claimed that Berlin and Kiev had already drafted the deal, and the pact would be signed on the first day of the upcoming summit.
The UK became the first nation to sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine on January 12, under which the two nations pledge to defend each other if attacked.
Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed plans to follow suit in February. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said that both Berlin and Kiev have agreed that the accord should be concluded as soon as possible.
While hailing the growing role within the European Union that Germany is now playing in backing Ukraine, Stefanishyna noted that Kiev is “not always satisfied” with Berlin, especially in light of its apparent skepticism regarding Ukraine’s NATO membership aspirations.