NATO has granted Ukraine a new status
NATO officially granted Ukraine the status of a partner of advanced features. Relevant information was spread by the foreign Minister of the country Dmitry Kuleba.
The country has become the sixth partner of the advanced capabilities of NATO. Previously this status had Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden.
However, members of the Alliance are expected to help Ukraine in the reform of the army, security, strengthening civilian control and democratic oversight, as well as in the fight against corruption.
That Ukraine can raise their status to the partner in the North Atlantic Alliance became known in February. It was necessary to keep pace with the introduction and implementation of reforms in the country.
The program's advanced capabilities NATO was launched in 2014. Its purpose — strengthening of interoperability of the armed forces of partner countries with troops of the Alliance.
Ukraine will be able to interact with NATO partner with enhanced capabilities. This was stated by the President of the country Vladimir Zelensky, commenting on the decision of the organization.
The head of state on Twitter thanked the Alliance for the evaluation and stated that the new status is a practical solution that will allow Ukraine and the Alliance is even better to interact for the common safety.
The status of Ukraine as a partner of advanced features NATO has nothing to do with full membership in NATO and not directly related to the deployment of armed contingents, however, this political decision indicating a clear trend of further retraction of Ukraine in anti-Russian scheme, said RIA Novosti, first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov.
According to him, the new status basically means strengthening cooperation at a consultative level.
State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbec called "the next bubble" Ukraine of the status of the advanced capabilities of NATO.
According to him, Ukraine considers obtaining a new status as a strategic victory, and for Kyiv "any handouts from the West - as manna from heaven."
The status of the partner advanced capabilities, NATO will not give Ukraine nothing, neither in economic terms nor in terms of security, according to the Senator Oleg Morozov.
He stressed that if Kiev nourish other hopes for assistance from the Alliance, they are "absolutely empty", and the decision of NATO is "purely propagandistic" in nature.
The Parliament of Ukraine adopted amendments to the Constitution, which fixed the course of EU and NATO. The ex-European Commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement Johannes Hahn said earlier that to talk about Ukraine's membership in the European Union in the coming years is unrealistic, Kiev should focus on the implementation of the Association agreement with the EU.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014, amended the two laws, abandoning non-aligned status of the state. In June 2016 were adopted additional changes that define membership in NATO objective of the foreign policy of the country. Ukraine also needs to 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its armed forces with those of NATO countries. Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said that joining the Alliance Ukraine will need to meet some criteria, the implementation of which will take a lot of time. Experts believe that Kiev will not be able to apply for membership in NATO in the next 20 years.