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Ukraine Wants to Include in NATO’s Strategic Conception the Issue of its Membership in the Alliance

Olga Stefanishina

Kyiv wants a question about Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance to be included in the NATO-2030 strategic conception. In addition, Ukraine wants the document to reflect the issue of achieving a high level of interoperability of its forces with Allied Forces and recognition of Kyiv’s key role in ensuring security in the Black Sea.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshyna in an interview with European Truth.

The official reminded that this year the process of forming a new strategy of the Alliance began, in which Ukraine was involved as a partner with expanded opportunities.

“The Constitution stipulates that the goal of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration is to gain full membership in NATO. There is a declaration of the Bucharest summit, which stipulates that Ukraine will become a country of the Alliance. There is a National Security Strategy… So it is obvious that in the framework of the reflection process we want the issue of Ukraine’s membership in NATO to be reflected in some way,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

According to her, the minimal ambition is to get confirmation through an indication of the “open door policy,” while the ideal option would be “a concrete understanding of Ukraine’s receipt of the Membership Action Plan.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov believes that Kyiv needs to focus on reforming the defence industry and involving NATO countries in arms production in Ukraine.

According to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, the domestic Armed Forces have become “much stronger and well-armed” compared to what the army was like at the beginning of the Russian aggression in 2014. Now, the Armed Forces are gradually approaching NATO standards.

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