16:57 12.10.2018

Many issues in new strategy of Ukraine's defense industry development until 2028 remain open - NATO representative

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Many issues in new strategy of Ukraine's defense industry development until 2028 remain open - NATO representative

NATO has welcomed the adoption by the Ukrainian government of the strategy of development of the defense and industrial complex until 2028, but the new long-term defense planning document contains many open questions.

The representative of the NATO international secretariat, the former deputy head of the alliance's representative office in Ukraine, Mark Opgenorth, during a seminar on reforming the defense industry of Ukraine in Kyiv drew attention to the importance of adopting a new long-term development strategy for the Ukrainian defense industry, noting that many issues remain undecided.

Among such open questions the official named the depth of restructuring the Ukrainian defense industry and plans for the privatization of state-owned enterprises in the military-industrial complex of Ukraine.

"There are no answers to the question whether the privatization will be? Will foreign investors be able to purchase shares?" he said.

Ukraine is in a difficult situation: to set the military and industrial complex loose in wartime is a big risk, the NATO representative said.

Opgenorth also called the issue of privatization of the defense industry of Ukraine a "dilemma," adding that "as a rule, in wartime the state does not "loose" but "attracts" the defense industry complex.

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