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17 May 2011 #8
From Ukrainian press, 12.05.2011.Ukraine invited to participate in battle tactical group of Visegrad Grouphttp://www.interfax.com.ua/eng/main/68394/
The countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic) have agreed on the creation of a battle tactical group and invited Ukraine to participate in it.
"Today we have agreed on the creation of this group in the first half of 2016," Slovak Defense Minister Lubomir Galko has said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel in Levoca (Slovakia) on Thursday, following a meeting of defense ministers as part of the Visegrad Group + Ukraine.
According to him, the sides discussed the possibility of Ukraine's involvement in this group. At the meeting, the ministers agreed that all costs would be shared among them, while the other details will be considered at meetings in line with working procedure.
According to the Slovak defense minister, his Polish counterpart agreed that Poland would be the main country in the new group.
Yezhel, in turn, noted that Ukraine has experience of participating in battle tactical groups, as its Il-76 aircraft, its radiation, chemical and biological protection units, and its combat engineer units are participating in tactical groups.
I am not sure how close the V4-Ukraine ties are to be.
1. Ukraine still sits on a fence with respect to anything EU related
2. Russians will not like it. Putin has already made a trip to Slovakia with a hidden agenda to weaken the pact
On the other hand Ukrainians have cooperated militarily for years with Poles and Lithuanians, serving in PolUkrBat (or PolLitUkrBat) batalion in Balkans. AFAIK, the three countries are going to renew their commitment to a new form of P-L-U-Bat, or whatever they are going to call themselves.