As of January 1, 2019, the embassies of the UK and Canada will jointly function as NATO’s contact point embassy in Ukraine, a role performed by Lithuania for the last four years.
The decision was confirmed by NATO’s headquarters and coordinated with Kyiv, Evropeyska Pravda reports.
Contact point embassies work in all NATO partner states. The functions are on a voluntary, rotational basis for the NATO member states that are most interested in strengthening NATO’s cooperation with the partner state.
A contact point embassy serves as an additional communication channel for NATO’s role and policy, and supports joint activity.
Since 2017, the Alliance has also had a separate NATO diplomatic mission operating in Kyiv.