On April 22, General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, Minister
of Defence of Ukraine, held talks with General Petr
Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
The head of the Ministry of Defence
of Ukraine told about the ongoing reforms and their prospects within the
Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
remarked it was planned to improve the normative base of the
defence reforms and start the active phase of the reforms of the
Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. About 20% of structural
units of the MoD and GS are expected to be reorganized, the
J-structure will be implemented within the General Staff, AF, Navy and
Special Operations Forces will be reinforced.
“In 2017, we’ll reform 80% of structural
units of the Ministry of Defence and 40% of the General
Staff. The Joint Operations Staff and Commands of Services of the
Armed Forces of Ukraine will gain their operations capabilities.
In 2018, the reforms of the Ministry of Defence will
be completed, 90% of structural units of the General Staff will
be reorganized,” the Minister of Defence stressed.
According to the Defence Minister, the Armed Forces
of Ukraine will be fully reformed by the end of 2020.
He proposed the NATO party to hold meeting during which he would
tell about the measures taken and the prospects of the reforms within the
Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Armed Forces of Ukraine.
General Petr Pavel, Chairman
of the NATO Military Committee, reaffirmed the NATO’s support to the
Ukrainian party. He underlined he was satisfied with the reforms
within the Ukrainian army.
“The NATO supports Ukraine,
we have common principles, values and complete discontent with the stance
of the Russian Federation. Please, follow your way. Your experience
is valuable for many nations,” Gen. Petr Pavel