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President Zelensky approved the annual NATO-Ukraine program

President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree “On the Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission for 2020″.

According to the President’s press service, the document defines the strategic goal of reforms, goals, and priorities within the implementation of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration policy, as well as the state bodies responsible for fulfilling these tasks.

The press service stressed that the program pays special attention to meeting the criteria for NATO membership, transferring Ukraine’s security and defense sector to NATO standards and strengthening democratic civilian control.

The document is aimed at the systematic implementation of the strategic course of the country enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine for full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

It will be recalled that Ukraine intensified cooperation with NATO in 2014 against the background of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in Donbas. At the end of 2014, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law providing for Ukraine’s abandonment of the policy of “non-alignment”.

On February 7, 2019, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a law to include in the Constitution a provision on the strategic course of the state to acquire full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The law came into force on February 21.

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