Ukraine is working to build a consensus in NATO on the MAP. This was stated by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, during an online meeting with Wendy Morton, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
"Ukraine is working to build a consensus in the Alliance on providing our country with a NATO Membership Action Plan, and it is critical for us to feel the support of our partners in this process. Currently, the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine is the focus of the efforts by the President, the Government and the Parliament, which allows for complex reforms in the security and defense sector, introduction of NATO standards and work on the NATO Enhanced Capabilities program," said Olha Stefanishyna.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the communiqué following the 2021 NATO Summit, which confirmed Ukraine’s future membership in NATO, was an important document paving the way for strategic clarity on Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance. Olha Stefanishyna also thanked Wendy Morton for Britain's support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic course.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister drew attention to the danger posed by Russia, which is building military infrastructure in the Black Sea area and increasing the militarization of the temporarily occupied Crimea.
Olha Stefanishyna noted that Ukraine supports the expansion of NATO's presence in the Black Sea area: "Strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, joint training on land and at sea, as well as the development of countering hybrid threats will strengthen NATO's eastern flank."
Moreover, the Deputy Prime Minister focused on the ambitious reform agenda that is being implemented in Ukraine on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration. In particular, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law paving the way for the corporatization of Ukraine's defense industry; work continues on the implementation of the law on defense procurement; the adoption of the bill on the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine is expected in the second reading etc.
Olha Stefanishyna and Wendy Morton also discussed work on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.