21:24 12.04.2018

Ukrainian delegates to attend NATO summit, yet Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting remains open question – Klympush-Tsintsadze

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A Ukrainian delegation led by President Petro Poroshenko will attend the NATO summit in June, but the question of holding a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO commission at the presidential and governmental level is still open, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said.

"Ukraine has already been invited to participate in the summit of [NATO]. Now, whether the Ukraine-NATO commission is to be held at the level of the heads of state and government is being decided. So, the Ukrainian delegation headed by the president will attend the summit, since we've received an invitation already," Klympush-Tsintsadze said in a comment to the Interfax-Ukraine agency on the sidelines of the 11th Kyiv Security Forum in Kyiv on Thursday.

She noted that Ukraine intends to work with international partners on this issue to make the committee meeting possible.

"I hope that Hungary has enough common sense to switch the issue to the bilateral agenda," she said, responding to a question about the possible blocking of a meeting of the relevant commission by Hungary.

She added that Kyiv would still be able to enter into a constructive dialogue with Budapest.

"It seems to me that it is still too early for us to talk about the timing of the MAP [in NATO], but certainly we hope that the summit to be held in Brussels, will confirm the intentions of the Alliance member countries, declared in Bucharest in 2008, concerning the fact that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of the Alliance, and that the next step is the MAP," the deputy PM said.

At the same time, Klympush-Tsintsadze expressed confidence that Ukraine would receive not only the MAP in the future, but will be a welcome member of NATO.