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Arseniy Yatsenyuk: The time will come when Ukraine becomes the 29th member of the North Atlantic Alliance
22.09.2015 | 18:06
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

At Bucharest Summit 2008 it was made clear that NATO’s doors are open to Ukraine: "I hope that at the summit to be held in Warsaw next year, it will be also supported by concrete decisions," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasised following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kyiv.

The Prime Minister stressed that the position of the NATO member states "was crucial in terms of support and protection of territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state": "NATO and Alliance member states were almost the first who condemned the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, the illegal annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Donetsk and Luhansk by Russian aggressors."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pointed out that NATO is now a key security system for 28 NATO member states as well as the free world.

"We appreciate the level of our cooperation, which has dramatically changed over the last year. Aware that the process of Ukraine’s membership in NATO is not easy and will require both effort by the Ukrainian authorities and time - those plan that we and NATO have developed is very important for the possible membership in the Alliance," he stressed.

The Head of the Government recalled the decision of Bucharest summit 2008, "where it was made clear that NATO’s doors are open to Ukraine": "I hope that at the summit to be held in Warsaw next year, it will be also supported by concrete decisions."

The efforts of the Alliance and its member countries, said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, are aimed at real modernization of the Ukrainian army "fighting against Russian aggression": "A new system of Ukrainian logistics in the Armed Forces, a new system of communication, health care, exercises and trainings are key aspects of our cooperation with the Alliance."

The Prime Minister highlighted that Ukraine is working very closely with the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and other countries, "Ukraine is at the forefront of protecting European values, to protect peace and stability in Europe. And through our joint efforts with NATO and Alliance member states we are convinced that Ukraine will fully restore its territorial integrity and preserve its independence."

"And the time will come Ukraine to be announced the NATO’s 29th member," stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The NATO Secretary General underlined that NATO would continue to provide Ukraine with political and practical support: "NATO supports and will support Ukraine on the path to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and" insist on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements."

Jens Stoltenberg noted the successful implementation of reforms in Ukraine - not only in the military area, not only in the field of security and defense, but in the economic one, as this is absolutely necessary for Ukraine in order to have stable economy.


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