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NATO to expand cooperation with Ukraine for intelligence sharing

NATO to expand cooperation with Ukraine for intelligence sharing NATO steps up cooperation with Ukraine (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

NATO is set to broaden its cooperation with Ukraine in the area of sharing intelligence data after Ukrainian forces were given the green light to conduct strikes on Russian territory, according to David van Weel, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

David van Weel, speaking at the inaugural defense innovators' forum in Krakow, stated that the Alliance is preparing an agreement that will establish new frameworks for sharing intelligence with Ukraine. The work on this agreement is expected to be completed by the NATO anniversary summit scheduled to take place from July 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

According to Bloomberg, NATO intends to exchange intelligence with Ukraine specifically concerning Russia’s capabilities in electronic warfare.

Van Weel also mentioned that the Alliance aims to help Ukraine become a significant supplier of technology once the war ends.

"Ukrainians are innovating at a very high speed. But of course, the Russians are not stupid. That means innovation in the battlefield is not a static thing. It’s more like chess," he added.

Strikes on Russia

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ukraine's allies had prohibited Ukrainian forces from using supplied weapons to strike Russia.

However, the situation has recently shifted, with several countries stating that the Ukrainian Armed Forces can indeed strike Russian territory using Western-supplied weaponry.

Notably, US President Joe Biden has approved such measures. Ukrainian forces are allowed to use American weapons to strike Russian territory in the Kharkiv region.