: Ukraine's army to fully reach NATO standards by 2020 - Defence Minister

14:30 Jun. 15, 2016

Ukraine's army to fully reach NATO standards by 2020 - Defence Minister

Ukrainian servicemen take part in military parade in Kyiv (GettyImages Photo)

Stepan Poltorak attended NATO-Ukraine session, signed key assistance plan with Jens Stoltenberg 

Ukraine is on its way to integrate into NATO. The country continues to reform its army and promises to reach the standards, established in the Alliance, by 2020.

This is reported by Ukraine's Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak after the NATO-Ukraine session, which took place on June 15, 2016. During the meeting, the sides discussed the recent roadmap for Ukrainian army reforms, known as the Strategic Defence bulletin.

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"This document has been fully approved by all NATO colleagues. I'm sure, that after the implementation of all the reforms till 2020, Ukrainian military will be ready to act in cooperation with NATO in accordance with all standards and criteria", Poltorak said, according to Ukrainian media outlet Ukrinform.

During the session NATO also approved a complex assistance programme for Ukraine. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained, this programme combined all the help, provided by the Alliance for Ukraine.

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"We are talking about advisors, about trust funds, logistics, counter-measures against the self-made explosives, medical rehabilitation and more. Our goal is to help Ukraine create a more efficient security and defence structures", Stoltenberg told.

"Cyberdefence, strategic communications and resistance to hybrid threats are also a part of the programme", Poltorak added.

NATO also confirmed its support for Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty. Stoltenberg said, the Donbas conflict and the Russian aggression would be discussed at the next summit in Warsaw. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to take part in the session.

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