Poroshenko approves annual national program under auspices of NATO-Ukraine commission for 2017
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has approved the annual national program under auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) for 2017.
Decree No. 103/2017 dated April 8, 2017 was published on the website of the Ukrainian president on Saturday.
"I order to approve the annual national program under auspices of the NUC for 2017 aimed at providing for the implementation of top priority tasks of Ukraine's cooperation with NATO, executing the decisions made during the meeting of the NUC at the level of Heads of State and Government [July 6, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland] and in line with clauses 1, 3 and 17 of Part 1 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine," reads the document.
Poroshenko ordered the state committee for television and radio broadcasting of Ukraine, relevant ministries and other central executive power agencies to provide for informing the public about the course of its implementation and results.
The decree takes effect from the moment of its publication.
In particular, the annual national program under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2017 provides for political and diplomatic measures to ensure the cessation of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine by peaceful means and the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, namely, the preservation of international consensus in supporting Ukraine, the continuation of sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation until the country ceases its armed aggression and de-occupies Crimea and Donbas.
In this context, it is planned to continue work within Normandy and Minsk and other formats aiming at completely restoring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
"Special attention is paid to the task of ensuring further support of the world community of the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the need to strengthen international monitoring of the situation in the area of human rights protection in the occupied peninsula," says the program.
"The tool to achieve this goal is to preserve the existing and introduce new special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against the Russian Federation," says the document.
It is also planned "to intensify the dialogue with partner countries aiming to ensuring the effective implementation of the Minsk agreements, in particular, the holding of elections after full observation of the security conditions: the withdrawal of Russian troops and military equipment, the disarmament of illegal armed groups, constant monitoring the temporarily uncontrolled Ukrainian-Russian state border by the OSCE SMM, full compliance with OSCE election standards and Ukrainian legislation during the electoral process, ensuring the broad monitoring of the elections by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights."
As part of the reform of the Ukrainian intelligence agencies, it is projected to strengthen their "interaction with consumers of intelligence information, as well as intelligence services of foreign states, first of all, NATO member states, and build new relations based on mutual trust."
The development of the defense industrial complex envisages equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units with highly effective weapons and military equipment meeting NATO standards, a gradual switch to production of components and spare parts for weapons and military equipment, suiting NATO standards in the context of imported goods substitution and the planned replacement of former USSR samples of arms and military equipment by modern ones, in particular, manufactured in international cooperation.