Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly David Hobbs in Brussels.
The Vice Prime Minister thanked partners for a series of resolutions on countering Russia's threats that were approved during the last session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in Halifax (Canada). "I am pleased that during a recent annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly members of parliaments from all the NATO member states sent a strong signal of transatlantic unity and commitment to resolve numerous security challenges," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
The Vice Prime Minister praised the report of Lord Jopling, a British MP, who put forward a few concrete proposals to strengthen the Euro-Atlantic community's response to Kremlin hybrid operations. In addition, the British parliamentarian called for a clear perspective of membership in NATO and the EU for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. "I propose the Parliamentary Assembly to urge the government of the NATO member countries to enshribe this idea when preparing for the 70th anniversary of the Alliance in April of the next year," she stressed.
According to her, a recent Russia’s military attack on Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait opened the third front in the war against Ukraine in the Black and the Azov Seas. "For the first time since Russia launched a hybrid war against Ukraine in 2014, Russian troops launched an act of direct and open military aggression against Ukrainian naval vessels that were legally moving in international waters," the Vice Prime Minister emphasized. She expressed hope that the parliamentarians of NATO countries would seek to expand the Alliance's presence in the Black Sea.
Apart from that, she recalled that on November 26, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the first reading amendments to the Constitution concerning the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO. "The final vote will take place next year. Our goal is to oblige every next Ukrainian government to ensure Ukraine's accession to NATO, " Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
She also urged NATO PA election observers to participate in monitoring of the election of the President and Parliament of Ukraine in 2019. "We will be pleased to welcome the active involvement of the NATO PA Observer Mission in monitoring elections," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze added. The Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly confirmed that parliamentarians from the NATO PA from different countries will participate in monitoring the Ukrainian elections. "We are counting on the fact that the elections in Ukraine will be held in accordance with democratic norms and standards," David Hobbs stressed. He highly appreciated the interaction with Ukraine, in particular, high-quality cooperation with the Ukrainian delegation in the NATO PA and with the Government of Ukraine.
The parties also discussed plans for holding a meeting of the NATO PA in Kyiv in the spring of 2020.