February 25, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alina Frolova took part in a panel discussion on the topic "National Security and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories" within the “Reform Forum: in a way towards Vilnius”.
Participants of the forum discussed the Annual National Program under the aegis of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the state of implementation of NATO standards, as well as the measures needed to ensure proper implementation of the defence procurement reform.
Alina Frolova informed participants of the forum on the ongoing implementation of the priority reform lines of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the preparation and implementation of reforms under the Annual National Program.
In particular, she announced the readiness of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the transition to the new structure.
- Right now, everything is ready for that. We hope that in the near future with the adoption of the relevant law we can actually change the structure of the Armed Forces, - noted Alina Frolova.
According to the Deputy Minister, in this way Ukraine is moving from a post-Soviet structure of the armed forces to a modern structure that meets NATO standards. This will ensure the interoperability of the Ukrainian troops with the armies of the NATO member-states, introduce other C2, deployment and generation of forces principles.
The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine stressed that the reform of the defence procurement system is one of the most important priorities for the Defense Ministry. She noted that it is a fundamental change of the system by the end of this year.
In this context, Alina Frolova emphasized the need for early adoption of the Law on Defense Procurement and further work on the preparation and adoption of the necessary by-laws. In particular, to introduce new approaches in the formation of the state defence order.