At a joint meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the North Atlantic Council in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko said that Euro-Atlantic integration was one of the priorities of our policy.
“One of our most important priorities is to join the NATO as a basis of the European security system and profoundly reform our defense system to adapt it to European standards,” stressed the President.
The Head of State believes preparations to join the NATO should be regarded as a “powerful stimulus to transform society” to develop democracy and assert civil rights and liberties. Yushchenko reiterated that the NATO was the alliance of states that united to protect social interests, democratic values and supremacy of the law.
“I am convinced that NATO membership will give us several significant advantages, particularly in the context of individual’s interests,” said the President.
He added that it was vital for Ukraine to get international guarantees to ensure its sovereignty and integrity.
The President reminded those present that Ukraine was developing its relations with the NATO according to the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between the NATO and Ukraine and the 2002 Ukraine-NATO Action Plan. Since 1994, Ukraine has been taking part in the Partnership for Peace NATO program. Since 1997, our relations been developed within the joint Ukraine-NATO forum.
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