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Ukrainian Parliament allows Defence Ministry to sign treaties on defense articles import

Source : 112 Ukraine

236 people’s deputies voted for the bill
17:22, 17 January 2019

112 Agency

The Verkhovna Rada agreed the bill on right of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine to be the subject of international contracts.

Serhiy Pashynsky, the head of the Verkhovna Rada’s defense committee and people’s deputy from The People’s front, initiated the bill.

 “According to the current legislation there still exists a so called “special exporter” institute in our international contracts, the organization has existed from the Soviet Union times. What does it mean? For example, neither the Ministry of defense nor its subsidiary company can get weapon, military and special equipment from abroad without involving third party. For that purpose such soviet organization, known as “special exporter” still exists.  Our international partners do not quite understand this representative process, that is why one of the conditions to get, for example, military aid from the USA is to change this detail and to bring in line with the national standards”, - Pashynsky said.

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The deputy has also outlined that this bill is not a complicated one, it grants the right to the subjects of the defensive order, namely the Ministry of Defense, to be the member of international contracts directly without any other representatives.

As we reported earlier, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stated that the Ministry plans to increase the batch of purchase of new weapons the next year in Ukraine. Ukraine is gaining new powerful high-end weapons, high-accuracy systems, which allows to defeat an enemy and protect the country. The Minister noted that he gives preference to domestic manufacturers.

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