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Ukrainian armed forces adapted to NATO standards by 90% - Defence Minister

Ukraine is intending to finish the reform of the Armed Forces by 2020
11:29, 4 February 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukraine has fulfilled the plan on adapting its armed forces to NATO standards by 90%, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak told Voice of America in an interview.

“We’ve set a very ambitious plan on adopting the standards of the Alliance by 2020 - and we are working on it. Based on the results of 2 years, we’ve implemented 90% of the planned measures. But I repeat that it will depend on the circumstance in which we might be,” Poltorak said.

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“It’s not the Armed Forces or Ministry of Defence that joins NATO, it’s the country as a whole, so a number of serious reforms have to be implemented in all sectors,” he added,

“During the war, we can’t possibly conduct experiments: we have very little time and we have no right for a mistake. We can’t lose the command over the forces for a second. We must make decision timely and quickly,” Ukraine’s Minister of Defence noted.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Defence Minister met U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis on Feb. 2

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