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According to head of the US Department of Defence, Ashton Carter, ex-head of the US Central Command, John Abizaid, will get the post of a senior adviser to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s officials.

Gen. John P. Abizaid (Photo: DoD photo / R. D. Ward)

Ex-head of the US Central Command, John Abizaid, will get the post of a senior adviser on defence issues in Ukraine, head of the US Department of Defence, Ashton Carter, said.

The decision on the appointment of retired Gen. John Abizaid as the senior adviser on defense was made in response to a request of the Ukrainian side, the Pentagon press office reported. The US General will provide advice to head of Ukrainian power ministries, Stepan Poltorak, and other officials.

According to Carter, Ukraine is aimed at carrying out reforms of the Armed Forces in order to bring the Army in line with Western standards. The head of the US Department of Defense explained that the main principles of the future reforms include strengthening of the civilian control over military, interaction with the NATO military-political bloc, and fight against corruption.

Today, the head of the US Defence Department and his Ukrainian counterpart signed a document providing for a concept of the bilateral partnership. Washington and Kiev plan to improve the quality of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to ensure the defence capability of the Army. Over the past two years, the White House has provided more than $600 million to ensure Ukraine’s security sector.

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