NATO: Ukraine now main beneficiary of science and security program

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Ambassador Sorin Ducaru said its SPS science program provides a big boost to national security for Ukraine. | Contributed photo

With NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program ties with Russia suspended, Ukraine has become the program's top financial beneficiary, a NATO official said Tuesday.

Funding and increased cooperation in the sciences is offered to Ukraine in response to recent political strife in the country.

“SPS projects with Ukraine not only have a scientific value – they also have a substantial impact on security,” NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Ambassador Sorin Ducaru said. “The SPS Program is a versatile tool -- through our cooperation with Ukraine, we have created a model of practical cooperation.”

The program focuses on bringing researchers together to solve issues of security to aid countries with practical and scientifically sound solutions.

Under recommendations made at a NATO summit earlier this year in Wales, the entity has increased funding to Ukraine to more than twice what it was initially.
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“We are very satisfied with what has been done,” Ukrainian Ambassador to NATO Ihor Dolhov said. He said he's pleased with the “wide range of useful practical projects with concrete deliverables.”

Recent projects focused on bolstering cyber-security as cyber attacks have increased at a dramatic rate; other projects focused on defense measures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.