12:36 29.11.2017

Ukraine needs financing of specific programs as part of cooperation with NATO - Gerashchenko

Ukraine needs financing of specific programs as part of cooperation with NATO - Gerashchenko

Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko has said that more funds should be allocated as part of Ukraine-NATO cooperation for specific vital programs, rather than seminars.

"One of the most important discussions of the Ukraine-NATO Inter-Parliamentary council was about trust funds. Our partners in the alliance insist that money be used transparently, and this is an absolutely correct position. However, we also call not to spend the lion's share of these funds on endless seminars, shifting them, in fact, from one pocket to another, nut to listen and take into account the true needs of Ukraine," Gerashchenko wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

According to her, it is necessary for Ukraine to increase the financing of programs for demining, medical and psychological rehabilitation of servicemen, special training for male psychologists working with the military, and for intensive English courses for servicemen when they are on rotation in places of permanent deployment.

"We need more projects in the defense sector in order to protect our military, in particular, develop aerial reconnaissance and increase [the number of] unmanned aerial vehicles," Gerashchenko said.

She also recalled the statistics of medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers in the countries of the alliance.

"During these years [of armed confrontation in Donbas], 724 Ukrainian soldiers were treated in 17 NATO countries and three partner countries," she wrote.

In addition, Gerashchenko drew attention to the fact that "NATO and the EU are not yet fully assessing the contribution that the Ukrainian army and our soldiers are making to European security issues today, protecting, among other things, their countries from a sordid horde."

As reported, a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Inter-Parliamentary Council was held in Brussels on November 28.

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