Ukraine already cooperates with NATO more closely than some of its actual members, says Reznikov

1 October 2022, 08:18 PM
Ukraine already cooperates with NATO more closely than some of its actual members (Photo:U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine / Facebook)

Ukraine already cooperates with NATO more closely than some of its actual members (Photo:U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine / Facebook)

Ukraine already cooperates with NATO in the defense industry more closely than some other countries that are alliance members, and it is eager to move further to actual integration, Ukraine's Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov said on Oct. 1.

"I have repeatedly stated on many platforms since my appointment as Ukraine's Minister of Defense that the primary objective of my work is to implement de facto integration into NATO," Reznikov wrote on Facebook.

Once the 30 (NATO member) countries reach a political agreement on Ukraine’s joining the alliance, integration will become de facto,” Reznikov said.

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Ukraine will continue to deepen de facto integration in the defense sector, according to the minister, as this is mutually beneficial cooperation.

He also said that “NATO is about shared values, not just defense."

“Ensuring the long-term viability of democratic institutions, rebuilding trust in the judicial system, and robust protection of civil liberties and human rights are also critical components of NATO integration,” Reznikov said.

“The historic decision to apply for alliance membership represents a step forward in our integration. We'll take it one step at a time."

Reznikov said Ukraine now has a large arsenal of Western-standard weapons capable of destroying the enemy.

"When I asked 11 months ago if it was possible to provide (man-portable air defense systems) to Ukraine, I was told it was impossible,” he said.

“Everything has changed. The Ukrainian people, soldiers, and authorities have achieved the impossible.”

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Sept. 30 that the country would apply for NATO membership on an expedited basis. The document was signed by the president, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk.

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