The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has recently approved a
new Military doctrine of Ukraine. The draft doctrine for the first time in the
history of independence clearly determines an enemy and an aggressor, which is
the Russian Federation, said Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday,
September 1, in Odessa, where the Head of Government took part in opening of a multinational
military exercise Sea Breeze 2015.
He noted that the new draft Military doctrine had been
submitted for consideration to the National Defence and Security Council:
"The President will sign the corresponding decree".
In the framework of Sea Breeze 2015 opening, Arseniy
Yatsenyuk together with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan
Poltorak, Vice Admiral James Foggo,
Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Ambassador Jeffrey Pyatt visited a frigate of the
Navy of Ukraine the Hetman Sahaidachny and a guided-missile
destroyer USS Donald Cook, which are to take part in the maritime exercise.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that Ukraine had embarked on urgent
reforming of the Armed Forces. According to the Head of Government, among the
key objectives on this way is "maintaining mutual relations between our
American partners and the Ukrainian Armed Forces".
It is crucial to completely upgrade the national Armed
Forces, as also the Naval Forces of Ukraine, thus enabling Ukraine to protect
itself, he accentuated.
He noted that the relevant national programme envisages the
construction of four corvettes.
"The Government plans funding for the following year to
ensure expenditures for the national security and defense
were not lower than the budget of this year", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Head of Government emphasized that the military maritime
exercise Sea Breeze "is another proof that the United States of America
stand together with Ukraine in the issues of protecting our territorial
integrity and independence".
"We set up political relations. We create personal
links as well, due to such co-hosted exercise of Ukraine and the United States
of America which are now underway", he added.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk explained plans for future which envisage intensification
of joint activities to "turn the Black Sea into a safe area and to make the
Russian Federation, which illegally annexed Crimea, realize that any illegal
actions will be curbed by our joint efforts".
Moreover, the Prime Minister added: "We feel as one
force with our partners -NATO participating states, with our American partners.
Therefore, the American ships have entered and will enter the Ukrainian
territorial waters in the future. We will continue our joint exercise the way
we are doing it".