Within the framework of the working visit to Brussels Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze took part in a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the level of the ambassadors of NATO member countries dedicated to the issues of the course of reforms and the security situation in and around Ukraine.
In her opening statement, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller highly praised the results of NATO-Ukraine cooperation and the course of reforms being implemented and she assured of unwavering support and unity of NATO member countries in supporting the sovereignty and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This position was widely supported by the Alliance.
The Vice Prime Minister briefed the participants on the current security situation in the east of Ukraine and in Crimea in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. Therefore, a special emphasis was placed on the importance of further political and practical support of NATO in countering aggression and implementation of internal reforms.
Apart from that, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze focused on the key results of domestic changes, in particular, within the framework of Ukraine's implementation of the previous Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. It encapsulated reforms of the security sector and the judicial system, ensuring the rule of law, fighting corruption, improving the tax system, further continuing of decentralization, and improving the interagency coordination system.
In the course of the meeting particular attention was paid to the importance of holding a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of Heads of State and Government in Brussels in July 2018.
The ambassadors of NATO member countries stressed their staunchest support of Ukraine. They commended the progress achieved and expressed the Alliance's readiness to facilitate further reforms.
Annual National Programs, which are assessed annually by NATO experts, will remain a practical mechanism for implementation of reforms.
"We are carrying out reforms not for Brussels or Washington, Warsaw, Vilnius or Berlin. We do it for the benefit of the country and citizens", the Vice Prime Minister underscored.