NATO CONFIRMED SUPPORT OF UOP REFORM – QUOTED SPEECH FROM NATO HQ

NATO supports reforms in the security and defense and the military-industrial complex of Ukraine, launched by the State Concern "UkrOboronProm." This fundamental position was expressed by Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Ernest Herold during the "Day of Defense Industry of Ukraine" at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

In turn, "UkrOboronProm" – in the framework of the "Day of Defense Industry of Ukraine" – has focused attention on the Western partners on new opportunities, offered by the implementation of the reform strategy of Ukrainian military-industrial complex and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in the defense sector. The Alliance will continue to support Ukraine and will further deepen Ukraine-NATO cooperation.

Press service of the SC "UkrOboronProm" offers to get acquainted with the official NATO’s position on cooperation with Ukraine, announced during the "Day of Defense Industry of Ukraine" by NATO representative Ernest Herold.

"3 years ago life was very different here in Europe and in Ukraine. We all felt that we were living in secure territories and it seemed that we can build our future in the secure and safe environment. The annexation of Crimea by Russia is the 1st time when the European country has ceased the territory by force since the world war II.

And this is the crises for Ukraine, but it’s also shaping the European security architecture as well. And Russia continues to violently destabilize Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine continues to withstand security challenges posed by this aggressor and it’s therefore even more remarkable that in these difficult times you’re implementing comprehensive reforms, including those in security and defence sector and defence industry as well.

Reforming armed forces is not an easy exercise in general, but reforming the forces while they engage in conflict is even more challenging. The problems, faces in this conflict, only underscore the need for reform. In spite of these challenges Ukrainian Government is making remarkable progress.

NATO remains firm in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we’re supporting Ukraine’s reform efforts in its refusal to yield its sovereignty and independence. Including the support of reform in security and defence sector. And inclusively that of the defence industry. As stated in the National Security Strategy of Ukraine and the Military Doctrine of Ukraine and the Strategic Defence Bulletin of Ukraine, the defence reform is aimed at developing national capabilities that need Euro-Atlantic standards by 2020.

With that aim NATO has been assisting Ukraine from the beginning of the crises and it did long before, already in 1991, when Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC). And later in 1994 when they joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program and even more recently with the signing of the Charter of the Distinctive Partnership in 1997. NATO’s cooperation with Ukraine has only deepened over time.

At the Warsaw summit Heads of State and Government endorsed the comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine in the mid of the Ukraine-NATO commission. We are supporting comprehensive reform of security and defence sector, the trust funds in command and control, cyber defence, logistics, military career transition and military medical rehabilitation,and recently adding on trust funds for explosive ordnance disposal etc. We are providing essential support for Ukraine’s ability to transform to provide for her own defence. Ukraine is committed to meeting the NATO’s standards for their defence forces.

 But adopting NATO standards is not just a technical exercise – it’s a fundamental change in mindset, in the way the institutions act and interact. Civilian control of the armed forces and the democratic oversight of security and defend sector are essential, interconnected principles, shared by the NATO Alliance.

Ukraine’s leaders have set an ambitious course toward Euro Atlantic standards and values and they are delivering on their commitment. As well as NATO. Alliance will continue to support Ukraine in through NATO and bilaterally.

And we will further improve our coordination to make the most of the resources that we can provide to Ukraine. The security and independence of Ukraine is vital for Euro Atlantic security and Ukraine has long been one of NATO’s closest partners. Now it’s the time to make Ukraine’s defence forces and Ukrainian democratic institutions truly fit for purpose in line with NATO standards.  So today’s Defence industry day serves to increase NATO’s community awareness of Ukraine’s defence industry capabilities”.  

On November 30, "UkrOboronProm" opened "Day of Defense Industry of Ukraine" at NATO Headquarters.