Yatseniuk expects approval of Ukraine's new military doctrine
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said that he is calling for the speedy approval of a new military doctrine by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).
"We expect that the NSDC, through a presidential decree, to adopt a new military doctrine and present reforms and a new system of the army and armed forces of the country," he said at Kyiv Borys Hrinchenko University in Kyiv on Thursday.
Yatseniuk noted that the issue of drafting a new doctrine and reforming the Ukrainian Armed Forces was under the personal control of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
As reported, on September 17, the Cabinet of Ministers approved an action plan on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. One of the 488 points of the plan states that the new wording of Ukraine's military doctrine, the state program for the development of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, armaments and military equipment, as well as other defense-planning documents, are to be developed by December 2015.
The Defense Ministry, Interior Ministry, Economic Development Ministry, Justice Ministry, central executive power agencies and Ukroboronprom state concern are tasked with the development of the corresponding documents.
As reported, on September 3, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said: "Ukraine needs a new defense doctrine clearly determining who the aggressor is and who a threat is. The new defense doctrine should designate Russia as an aggressor state and the principal and only country that threatens Ukraine's territorial integrity and national security."