Ukraine has refused to participate in the Multinational Helicopter Initiative.

A respective decree annulling an order of September 29, 2009 on Ukraine’s participation in the Multinational Helicopter Initiative was posted on the web site of the head of state on Tuesday.

“Given that Ukraine’s participation in the settlement of armed conflicts in the world meets the interests of maintaining international peace, stability and security and the interests of the state … it is appropriate to recognize Ukraine’s participation in the Multinational Helicopter Initiative,” the decree said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The decree stated that the initiative was launched in March 2008 by Britain and France and aimed at resolving the problem of insufficient supply of helicopters for international forces led by NATO, the EU and the UN.

On October 31, 2012, the government approved a draft decree on withdrawal from the Multinational Helicopter Initiative.

“Given the findings of the work conducted from 2008 to 2012, the further participation of our state in the said initiative can be recognized as unpromising and, as a consequence, improper. However, none of the participating countries expressed any interest in supporting and implementing Ukraine’s business proposal, and the founders of the MHI – Britain and France – quit its governing council, whereas the Czech side, which currently heads the MHI governing council reported on the absence of a clear commitment of the participating countries of the Multinational Helicopter Initiative in obtaining Ukrainian helicopters as a contribution to MHI and the establishment of cooperation in other areas outlined by Ukraine,” a statement posted on the government’s web site said.

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