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Ukraine introduces annual program under NATO-Ukraine Commission auspices

Ukrainian President Poroshenko says it is important to reach NATO standards until 2020
11:35, 12 July 2018

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Ukraine is going to reach NATO standards by 2020 and for this purpose, it introduces an annual national program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). President Poroshenko announced this at a joint briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Our goal is to reach NATO standards and ensure full cooperation with NATO forces until 2020, as it is explicitly stated in the law. To achieve this, we are introducing an annual national program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. This effective tool directs all our efforts to the final goal, - to make Ukraine a future member of NATO. It is crucial that in the declaration of the summit you have confirmed that NATO's doors are open for Ukraine, for Georgia, " the president said.

Poroshenko added that he hopes for NATO’s practical assistance to Ukraine upon the results of the summit.

“I hope that today our allies will confirm their commitment to support Ukraine and demonstrate unity and solidarity in our struggle against Russian aggression. I also expect that our discussion with the allies will join the practical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, as it has been over the past years,” Poroshenko added.

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As it was reported earlier, the participants of NATO Summit in Brussels adopted a declaration which officially confirms Ukraine’s aspirations to the membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. NATO member states realize the interest in expanding the opportunities within the initiative of compatibility of the cooperation.

Earlier it was reported that NATO did not intend to offer Ukraine the ЕОР (Enhanced Opportunities Partnership), yet it would offer its support. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said it at the Summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

Earlier, Ukraine appealed to NATO requesting to include it into the ЕОР.

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