The level of
support provided to Ukraine by the North Atlantic Alliance is very important,
and official Kyiv expresses gratitude for the assistance of the Organization in
protecting democratic values and countering Russian aggression. This was
stated by Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens
Stoltenberg. The event was the first-ever meeting in this composition and held
within the framework of the North Atlantic Council's visit to Ukraine dedicated
to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Charter on a Distinctive
Partnership between Ukraine and NATO.
appreciate the support and cooperation of Ukraine with NATO. I want to thank for
the level of cooperation that we have today and call on you to increase support
for Ukraine in all sectors. The timing and extent of this support are very
important", the Head of Government stressed.
He noted that
today Ukraine is countering Russian aggression, which has led to the drop of
16% of GDP and resulted in casualties among civilians and military personnel on
its sovereign territory. These days, Ukraine is spending more than 5% of its
GDP on financing national security and defense, and it urges the civilized
world to unite in order to strengthen defense capability of the country, the
Head of Government stressed. "It is very important that the democratic
world would unite to protect the values that are defended today by Ukrainian soldiers
fighting at the eastern border of Ukraine - at the eastern border of
Europe", he said.
The Prime Minister also stressed the need to prolong the
sanctions policy as a punishment for the aggressor country for neglect of international law and encroachment on the
sovereignty of an independent country.
possible directions for deepening cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, the
Prime Minister proposed to strengthen cooperation through creating a national
system for the protection of critical infrastructure, cyber security and
emergency response. In this regard, the Head of Government thanked NATO
specialists for the assistance in the demining activities at warehouses in the
town of Balaklia, Kharkiv region, where explosions of
shells had occurred this spring.
Groysman also noted that despite the challenges, the Government had managed to
stop the economic decline, to restart the economic growth, and was engaged in
the necessary internal transformations - decentralization, deregulation, corruption fight, introduction of e-government procurement
and e-asset declaration systems, deregulation at the gas market. In addition,
the Government identified five reforms on the agenda. Those reforms received
approval at the Ukraine Reform Conference in London last week, added the Prime