President approves Ukraine-NATO ANP for 2019

President approves Ukraine-NATO ANP for 2019

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree "On Approval of the Annual National Program (ANP) under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2019".

The Head of State called the signing of the document a very important event, as it approves the plan of cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Alliance until 2020.

"This is the first and extremely important road map that Ukraine has to make, a homework to fulfill, programs to be implemented in order to achieve the tasks that I, as President, have set, so that in 2023, the country would meet the criteria necessary for signing the NATO Membership Action Plan," Petro Poroshenko said.

President approves Ukraine-NATO ANP for 2019

The President stressed that the annual program was an extremely important document. "This is actually our steps in each direction. This is not just a defense sector reform, but a profound reform of the security sector.

"This comprehensive document means that our army will meet the NATO standards in terms of weapons, operational tactics and action strategies," Petro Poroshenko said.

At the same time, the Head of State stresses that what has been done over the last five years is very important, but that is not enough. "That is why the Annual Program sets absolutely clear and concrete tasks: what will happen to the army, what will happen to the security and defense sector, how the Ukrainian borders will be protected, how security will be ensured on Ukrainian streets, how the Ukrainian police will function, the Ukrainian National Guard , the Ukrainian intelligence services," he said, adding that the security forces would be deprived of the opportunity to exert pressure on business and, thus, we will switch to a civilized European model.

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