Ukraine has achieved success in the reforms, but to get closer to NATO should not slow down this process, — Stoltenberg
Brussels. July 12. INTERFAX-UKRAINE – the Secretariat-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg urges Ukraine not to slow down the pace of reform, as it brings the country to join the Alliance.
In the framework of a joint Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s statement to the media on Thursday morning in Brussels, the NATO Secretary General reminded that Ukraine declared its long-term goal of joining the Alliance.
“Now the emphasis is on the reforms. You make great progress. The adoption of the law on national security is a step which we welcome. This law is key in establishing civil control and civilian oversight of the army and security services. And implementation of the law necessary for real reform. Therefore, I urge you not to slow down, because it will bring Ukraine closer to NATO,” he said.Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General has reminded that countries-members of the Alliance continues to support Ukraine by providing experts and equipment.
“A comprehensive package of assistance that includes policies and practices, is part of our support. It also includes the presence of experts in Kyiv and joint projects in cyber defence, rehabilitation of the military and logistics,” he said. Separately.Stoltenberg thanked the Ukrainian head of state for participation in NATO missions.
“We deeply appreciate what makes the Ukraine in NATO missions from Kosovo to Afghanistan and in the NATO response force. I welcome your commitment to the deepening of relations between Ukraine and the Alliance,” — he stressed.
In turn, as stated Poroshenko, NATO support reforms in Ukraine impacts on the country’s accession to the Alliance.
“It is very important that NATO supports our reforms, especially in the sector of security and defense. And we are moving to NATO standards. It contributes to our future accession”, – he said during joint statements with General Secretary of NATO.Stoltenberg on Thursday in Brussels.
The head of state stressed that the fulfillment of NATO standards is the main aim of the reforms in the sector of national security and defense of Ukraine.
“And our last step is the adoption of the law on national security. We are grateful to the Alliance for criticism of this document, for the help… I hope we have created a wonderful document, excellent program, wonderful “road map” for Ukraine’s future membership in NATO”, — said the President.
P. Poroshenko stressed that the goal of Ukraine to achieve NATO standards. “Our goal is to achieve NATO standards and to ensure full interoperability with NATO by 2020, as set out in the law,” he said.
The President reminded that in order to achieve this, operates the annual national program under the auspices of the Commission Ukraine-NATO. “It is an active tool that will direct all our efforts to the ultimate goal – to make Ukraine a future member of NATO”, — said P. Poroshenko.