KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine plans to expand its cooperation with Russia in the military sphere, Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Hryhoriy Pedchenko said on Saturday.He said the agreement was reached at the meeting with his Russian counterpart, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov, in Brussels on January 27.
Pedchenko said Ukraine and Russia will hold a series of command-staff exercises and tactical maneuvers in 2011.
"We have considerably expanded our military cooperation. If last year we had 40 such exercises, this year we will have 81. This is a great step forward," Pedchenko was quoted by UNIAN agency as saying.
He said such cooperation is very important for Ukraine as Russia has great experience in this sphere.
"They have many well trained officers, specialists and this is very important for us," he said.