KIEV, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine on Thursday urged Washington to support its effort to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Enhanced Opportunities Partner program, which creates additional opportunities for non-member states to cooperate with the bloc.

While previously Ukraine was only a recipient of U.S. aid, now it stands ready to make a significant contribution to strengthening the collective security system, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

The Ukrainian official made the remarks during her meeting with U.S. acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Michael Murphy in Washington.