NATO's support for reforms in Ukraine contributes to country's future accession to alliance - Poroshenko
NATO's support for reforms in Ukraine contributes to the country's future entry into the North Atlantic Alliance, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
"It is very important that NATO supports our reforms, especially in the security and defense sectors. And we are moving towards NATO standards. This contributes to our future accession," he said at a press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday.
He stressed that the implementation of NATO standards is the main goal of reforms in Ukraine's national security and defense sector.
"And our last step is the adoption of the law on national security. We are grateful to the alliance for criticizing this document, for helping us with advice [...] I hope that we have created an excellent document, an excellent program, an excellent road map for Ukraine's future membership in NATO," Poroshenko said.
He reiterated that Ukraine's goal is to achieve NATO standards.
"Our goal is to achieve NATO standards and ensure full interoperability with NATO before 2020, as stated in the law," he said.
The president recalled that in order to accomplish Ukraine is implementing the Annual National Program under the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
According to him, this program is an effective tool "directing all our efforts towards one ultimate goal – to make Ukraine prepared for the future NATO membership."