NATO confirms Ukraine's aspirations to membership in Alliance, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

The report says a "sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security”
14:43, 14 March 2019

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NATO as confirmed Ukraine’s prospects to get membership in the Alliance, as the annual report of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg published on the website of the organization.

“In light of Ukraine’s restated aspirations for NATO membership, Allies also stand by their decisions taken at the Bucharest Summit and subsequent Summits,” the report reads.

The allies “welcomed Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO membership” in the declaration of Bucharest Summit, held in April 2008, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“Today we have agreed that these states will become NATO members”.

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The declaration also says that “the action plan concerning the membership is the next step for Ukraine and Georgia towards the membership”.

The section of the report “Assistance to Ukraine” reads that “a sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security”.

“Since Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has stepped up political and practical support to Ukraine. This commitment was reconfirmed at the Brussels Summit in July 2018, where NATO leaders met with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, together with President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia,” the report says.

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It also says that in 2018 Ukraine-NATO Commission discussed the reforms in Ukraine “aimed at implementing Euro-Atlantic principles and standards against the background of Ukraine’s aspirations for NATO membership”.

“NATO’s commitment to assisting Ukraine’s security and defence sector reforms through the Comprehensive Assistance Package – including 10 Trust Funds – remains high,” the report reads.

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The law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on EU and NATO integration came into force on February 21.

The draft law No.9037 provides the amendments to the preamble of Ukraine's Constitution, according to which, the parliament confirms the European identity of the Ukrainian nation and irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.

Earlier, the Parliament sent the bill on amendments to the Constitution concerning the EU, NATO integration plan with 321 votes on September 20, 2018.

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According to the bill, the President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO. In its turn, the Cabinet of Ministers provides the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO.

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