NATO countries have long agreed to provide Ukraine with an Membership Action Plan, it remains to make a technical decision. Deputy Foreign Minister Yegor Bozhok stated this in an interview with Interfax.
“The issue of providing Ukraine with a Membership Action Plan has been fundamentally agreed upon by NATO for a long time, and today, allies need to make a tactical decision. Indeed, for this they put forward a number of requirements, including significant progress in reforming the security and defense sector of Ukraine, which we are actively working on,” Bozhok said.
According to him, Ukraine has already taken a number of necessary steps along this path, in particular, in reforming the defense industry complex and the Ukroboronprom State Corporation, the state defense order, the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, delimiting powers between the Minister of Defense, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief of the General Staff and commanders of troops.
The deputy minister says that, in fact, Ukraine has already transferred the defense department to NATO standards. It remains to take a few steps to implement in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine the so-called J-structure, which is inherent in all NATO countries. But this is more a technical than a political issue. All political steps have already been taken: the corresponding law has been passed, and the President signed it.
Ukraine sees success in this direction as progress towards the Action Plan regarding NATO membership, Bozhok summed up.
As we reported before, NATO official, who chose not to give his name, told the Bulgarian Radio Liberty news agency that Russian military aircraft activity in the Black Sea and other parts of Europe has grown since 2014.