Ukraine to become NATO member via membership action plan, - post-summit declaration

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv still needs to move forward with reforms, reads the document
20:23, 14 June 2021

NATO leaders have confirmed the decision of the Bucharest summit about Ukraine becoming the Alliance member. At that, Kyiv still needs to move forward with reforms, reads the document.

"We reiterate the decision made at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance with the Membership Action Plan (MAP) as an integral part of the process; we reaffirm all elements of that decision, as well as subsequent decisions, including that each partner will be judged on its own merits.  We stand firm in our support for Ukraine’s right to decide its own future and foreign policy course free from outside interference", the declaration says.

The document also claims that the annual national programs within NATO-Ukraine Commission remain "the mechanism by which Ukraine takes forward the reforms pertaining to its aspiration for NATO membership".

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The NATO leaders also emphasized that "the success of wide-ranging, sustainable, and irreversible reforms, including combating corruption, promoting an inclusive political process, and decentralization reform, based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities, and the rule of law, will be crucial in laying the groundwork for a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine". Special emphasis is made on the further reform of the Security Service of Ukraine.

In April, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed his country's membership in NATO with his French colleague Emmanuel Macron and British Premier Boris Johnson.

Related: Zelensky, Johnson hold phone talk: NATO, Donbas, Nord Stream 2 discussed

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