The Verkhovna Rada will gather for an extraordinary meeting on September 8 to appeal to the US Congress on the provision to Ukraine of the status of the Major non-Nato Ally – MNNA.
The idea to appeal to Congress has appeared in June: MP from the European Solidarity Oleksiy Honcharenko has gathered a sufficient amount of signs but the consideration was postponed to wait until the results of the meeting of President Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden in Washington.
We tell about the meaning of the Major non-Nato Ally, what privileges it provides and what countries have received it.
What does the Major non-Nato Ally status mean?
According to the explanation of the US State Department, the Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status is a designation under U.S. law that provides foreign partners with certain benefits in the areas of defense trade and security cooperation.
The MNNA status has such paragraphs:
- Eligible for loans of material, supplies, or equipment for cooperative research, development, testing, or evaluation purposes.
- Eligible as a location for U.S.-owned War Reserve Stockpiles to be placed on its territory outside of U.S. military facilities.
- Can enter into agreements with the United States for the cooperative furnishing of training on a bilateral or multilateral basis, if the financial arrangements are reciprocal and provide for reimbursement of all U.S. direct costs.
- Eligible, to the maximum extent feasible, for priority delivery of Excess Defense Articles transferred under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act (if located on the southern or south-eastern flank of NATO).
- Eligible for consideration to purchase depleted uranium ammunition.
- Eligible to enter into an MOU or other formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense for the purpose of conducting cooperative research and development projects on defense equipment and munitions.
- Allows firms of an MNNA, as with NATO countries, to bid on contracts for maintenance, repair, or overhaul of U.S. Department of Defense equipment outside the United States.
- Allows funding to procure explosives detection devices and other counter-terrorism research and development projects under the auspices of the Department of State’s Technical Support Working Group.
What countries have MNNA status
As of now, 17 countries have the status of the main ally of the US out of NATO: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Tunisia.
Besides, Taiwan is being considered as the MNNA without an official notion.
Other recent agreements
As of now, Ukraine is not a member of NATO; however, the country has the status of the Enhanced Opportunities Partner, EOP (does not provide prospects of membership). It was received on June 12, 2020; before it, Ukraine had the status of NATO aspiring member.
Besides, during the visit of Zelensky to Washington, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the US Defense Secretary have signed the agreement on the strategic grounds of the defense partnership. Last week, the Ukroboronprom has published the comparative table toward the advantages of the agreement before the MNNA status.