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Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsazde assures in 2018 Ukraine's cooperation with NATO to raise to a qualitatively new level
07.12.2017 | 15:55

The Annual National Program of Ukraine-NATO Cooperation 2018 should be brought closer to programs the Alliance launches with countries in the framework of the Membership Action Plan. At present, the ANP project is being developed by the Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and is mainly aimed at speeding up preparation of the state for NATO membership. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. "Our challenge is to reach a qualitative rather than quantitative assessment of the implementation of the ANP that means the goals set out in the document must be consistent with the quality and quantity of activities carried out by relevant ministries. Such an approach will allow us to harmonize our standards with NATO standards and get the Membership Action Plan in the Alliance," said the Vice Prime Minister.

One of the tools in a bid to activate this process could be Ukraine's participation in the Enhanced Opportunity Program, assures the Vice Prime Minister. "We are paving the way towards NATO not as suppliants, but as equal partners. We have what to offer the Alliance. Ukraine is involved in almost all NATO programs, our Army is among the most capable in Europe, Ukrainian troops demonstrate their presence in Afghanistan and in Kosovo under the NATO auspices. These are rather serious arguments, in my opinion", noted Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

The MPs continued the discussion and approved the Draft Recommendations on the results of joint committee hearings "Overall assessment of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO. Powers, Tasks and Effectiveness of Activities of the Government Office on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration" held at the Verkhovna Rada on October 18. Besides, the MPs considered the progress of the implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Defense Bulletin and the Annual National Cooperation Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

The Vice Prime Minister also stressed that issues of financing of the program of public awareness on Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration are of extreme importance, especially in the context of achieving the strategic goal of Ukraine - membership in the Alliance.

The meeting’s attendees focused on the need to establish in in ministries and agencies of separate departments that would deal with Euro-Atlantic integration issues.


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