NATO assistant secretary general praises Ukraine's fight against corruption
NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Alejandro Alvargonzalez has positively assessed Ukraine's fight against corruption.
Today you all have your own responsibility to your country. In view of the fight against corruption, as you do, promoting your country forward, I should applaud to all of you for moving your country forward. Fighting corruption is not an easy task, and I hope you understand this, he said at a seminar in Kyiv on Thursday.
According to Alvargonzalez, Ukraine confirms that the work on fighting corruption is proceeding at the highest level.
At the same time, he noted the need to establish a clear structure of integrity, accountability and openness at all levels of government.
Alvargonzalez also stressed the importance of NATO experience in the process of reforming Ukraine's security and defense sector and introducing principles of integrity and transparency in it.
Ukraine and NATO are always together, and NATO always stands ready to help Ukraine in every way to defeat corruption, he added.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, in turn, said the issue of citizens' trust in government institutions in Ukraine is currently a serious challenge, and the increase of such trust can be an indicator of positive changes in the state.
"Our vision of adapting the [NATO Building Integrity] program in Ukraine provides for its focus on three specific areas: promoting institutional changes in the security sector, assisting in policy making, as well as developing individual and leadership qualities of both leaders and personnel who work in the structures of the security and defense sector," Klympush-Tsintsadze said.