On June 26, 2018 Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco Alexander Krotenko participated in the reception organized by the Ukrainian-American community for the Ukrainian delegation led by First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Sergii Iarovyi, which pays a working visit to California.
The Ukrainian delegation also included Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine Iurii Allerov, First Deputy Head of the State Emergency Situations Service of Ukraine Oleh Melchutskyi, Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Yuriy Gresko and heads of structural divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. The Delegation of the National Guard of California was led by its Commander David Baldwin.
During the event, the high level of cooperation between Ukraine and California, in particular in the field of training and raising the professional level of the National Guard of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service and the State Emergency Situations Service of Ukraine were stressed on.
In this regard, in the second half of 2018, the solemn events on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Partnership Program between the National Guards of Ukraine and California are scheduled.
Commander of the National Guard of California David Baldwin emphasized that over the past years, the National Guard of Ukraine and Ukrainian military personnel have been significantly modernized and prepared for the tasks related to the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state. He also expressed the intention of the California National Guard to significantly increase the level of cooperation with the relevant agencies of Ukraine.
During this reception, the Consul Oleksandr Krotenko expressed gratitude to the United States representatives for political, economic, military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the difficult times of the Russian aggression against our state. Particularly strong support, which for more than two decades has been provided by the National Guard of California to the National Guard of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine to study the experience of personnel training, development of training centers and logistics was noted.