“Our Army and Defence Sector will Meet the NATO Standards”
Petro Poroshenko signed a decree “On Approval of the Annual National Programme under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2019”. The Head of State called the signing of the document a very important event, as it approves the plan of cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Alliance until 2020.
“This is the first and extremely important road map that Ukraine has to make in order to achieve the tasks that I, as President, have set, so that in 2023, the country would meet the criteria necessary for signing the NATO Membership Action Plan,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President emphasizes that the approval of the program is now taking place in a completely different environment, since the course for joining the Alliance is approved in the Constitution of Ukraine. “We already have a constitutional norm of Ukraine’s obligation to ensure that all necessary conditions are created. This is an obligatory norm of the Constitution of direct effect for the implementation by all branches of government: President, Parliament, Government,” he said and thanked the Parliament and the Ukrainian people for their support in this matter.
The President stressed that the annual program was an extremely important document. “This is actually our steps in each direction. This is not just a defence sector reform, but a profound reform of the security sector. This is the reform of the rule of law sector, the sector of protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens,” he noted.
“This comprehensive document means that our army will meet the NATO standards in terms of weapons, operational tactics and action strategies,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.