The Ukraine-NATO Commission is currently blocked and cannot play an instrumental role in political dialogue and expansion of practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO because of unyielding position of Hungary. The restoration of the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the ministerial level should be the first step to confirm the Distinctive partnership between Ukraine and NATO. This was announced by Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine at the Ukraine-NATO meeting on assessment of Ukraine's implementation of the Annual National Program (ANP) under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in 2018.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, this year's Brussels Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization once again reaffirmed commitment of the NATO member countries to further developing the Distinctive partnership between Ukraine and NATO and she stressed that the only stumbling block on this path is the Hungary's blocking the work of the Commission at the ministerial level. "The future of the NATO-Ukraine Commission is actually in the hands of our allies. I call on NATO to actively engage in negotiations with Hungary in order to prove the high level of our partnership in practice", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stated.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that NATO's political decisions concerning Ukraine's membership were approved 10 years ago at the Bucharest Summit. The practical task for today is to spare no effort to ensure qualitative preparation for NATO membership. "The society expects from all authorities tangible work results which would convert into welfare and safety of people. The Euro-Atlantic and European integration gives us these opportunities", she emphasized.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed that the NATO-Ukraine consultations on assessing the implementation of the ANP are the fundamental preparation for the ministerial meeting, which should make a regular assessment of Ukraine's progress. "I also consider our meeting as an important step towards restoring intensive cooperation to address issues related to our appeal to NATO regarding the Membership Action Plan", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted.
Apart from that, the Vice Prime Minister positively assessed the process of preparation of annual national programs. According to her, the ANP for 2019 will be completely different from all previous programs which have been implemented by Ukraine since the Bucharest Summit. "We have completely deviated from the format of the" plan of bilateral actions in cooperation with the Alliance "and have already reached a qualitatively new level of preparation of the ANP. It is amply demonstrated by the updated draft of the Annual National Program for 2019, which will for the first time become a program of reforms necessary for effective, purposeful and systematic preparation for NATO membership", the Vice Prime Minister underscored and she also added that the updated ANP is in line with the main strategic documents of Ukraine, such as the Strategic Defense Bulletin, the Government Priority Action Plan, the Sustainable Development Strategy etc. In addition, new key performance indicators create a reliable monitoring system for the implementation of ANP.