Ukraine meets 67 percent of NATO standards, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister on European Integration says

21 December 2021, 05:27 PM

Two-thirds of NATO standards have been implemented in Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshyna said during an online briefing on Dec. 21.

She added that as a NATO enhanced opportunities partner, Ukraine has joined in a number of military training exercises, and has also begun organizing joint military drills with the alliance in Ukraine. Next year, NATO cybersecurity training programs will be held in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

“We will (then) be able to assess the progress of the Ukraine-NATO partnership program,” said Stefanyshyna.

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“We’re happy with this year’s achievements. Speaking of the implementation of NATO standards in particular, over the last two years we have implemented practically two-thirds of NATO standards developed since 1997.”

According to her, Ukraine intends to get an individual partnership program finalized before the 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid. The program will define “the five main collaboration areas” between Ukraine and the alliance.

Ukraine also expects to renew its NATO partnership goals before the next summit.

Ukraine received the status of an aspiring NATO member in March 2018, which was official acknowledgement of the country's aspiration for full NATO membership. In 2019, the Ukrainian government made that goal a part of the Ukrainian constitution.

At a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that NATO membership for Ukraine is the only way to end the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

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