: Ukraine launches restructuring of defence, security sectors to join NATO - Poroshenko

09:47 May. 21, 2016

Ukraine launches restructuring of defence, security sectors to join NATO - Poroshenko

Ukraine's National Guard, military drills (UNIAN Photo)

'We have finally abandoned the system of the Soviet army and started to build truly efficient Armed Forces', says president 

The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine chaired by President Petro Poroshenko has considered the Strategic Defence Bulletin, which has been elaborated with participation of experts from NATO and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, according to the president's press service.

"The given project is virtually the beginning of real restructuring of security and defense sector aimed at joining NATO. It doesn't mean that the decision on the accession is being made now. Certainly, we remain in the sphere of our international commitments, but it is a milestone for our Armed Forces and national security and defence sector," the Head of State said.

According to the president, the defense and security reform must result in the creation of efficient, mobile, well-equipped and united defense forces on the model of 2020 that will meet the NATO standards and principles and will be able to defend the country.

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The Head of State has also drew attention to the "Glossary" part of the Bulletin, which has a strategic and symbolic nature. Its main purpose is to adapt terms used in national legislation to the conceptual apparatus used in strategic documents of NATO.

"We have finally abandoned the system of the Soviet army and started to build truly efficient Armed Forces. It is very important for me, because it is the evidence that Ukraine and NATO speak the same language and understand each other well," Poroshenko stressed.

The Head of State has also emphasized that the democratic civil control over the security structures of the state would be enhanced: "It is a feature of a democratic state. After the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the occupied territories, we will have an opportunity to discuss the issue of appointing a civilian to the post of Minister of Defence".

Reporting by UNIAN

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