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Poroshenko, Stoltenberg to make joint statement at NATO summit

The NATO summit will be held in Brussels on July 11-12
08:49, 5 July 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will make a joint statement at the NATO summit in Brussels next week. It was reported by Ukrinform news agency.

"The President and NATO Secretary General will make a joint statement in the morning of July 12 before the session of the North Atlantic Council at the level of heads of states and governments with the participation of the presidents of Ukraine and Georgia," the statement said.

The separate format of one of the meetings of the two-day summit is foreseen only for the Ukrainian and Georgian partners of the Alliance.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine stressed that the recently adopted law on the national security will be the plan of Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO member states. The law on the national security was signed by the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andry Paruby and passed for the sign of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on June 27.

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On June 21, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law on National Security of Ukraine. 248 lawmakers voted 'for'. 

According to the document, expenditures on the defense sector should be at least 5% of the planned GDP; at the same time, not less than 3% should go for the funding of defense forces. It is provided that the security and defense sector is a system of state authorities, including state organs of special purpose with law enforcement functions.

The bill introduces civilian control of the security and defense sector. The high-ranking officials (president, parliament, government, etc.), as well as the public, have the right to control the of defense field. In particular, influence on what the money is spent. The exception are projects marked as "state secret".

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