NATO Secretary General with the President of Ukraine, 20 OCT 2016
NATO Secretary General and President of Ukraine discussed cooperation issues
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Jens Soltenberg called on Ukraine to carry out reforms, strengthen security and defense and fight corruption
KYIV – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg during the meeting raised the topic of Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance. This was announced by Stoltenberg at a press conference at Columbia University, RBC – Ukraine reports on September 27.
The NATO Secretary General noted that it was the President of Ukraine who initiated the discussion of this issue. Jens Stoltenberg noted that it is important for Ukraine to carry out reforms – to modernize and strengthen Ukrainian security and defense institutions, fight corruption, strengthen the rule of law.
“When I met with Zelensky in New York a couple of days ago, he raised the issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership,” Stoltenberg said..
At the same time, he did not answer the question about the timing of Ukraine’s entry into NATO, saying that “it is not for him to talk about it.”.
The meeting between the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was held in New York on September 24 on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
According to the press service of the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the country’s readiness to continue active interaction with the Alliance as part of the implementation of structural reforms in the security and defense sector in accordance with NATO standards..
Also during the meeting, they discussed increasing the level of cooperation in the modernization of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The President of Ukraine also called increasing the level of compatibility of the Armed Forces with the forces of NATO member states a priority area of work, in particular through participation in joint exercises and training, military cooperation programs.
In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Jens Stoltenberg discussed the initiatives of the Ukrainian authorities to overcome corruption..
“We are tired of hearing the word“ corruption ”. We are serious about overcoming it. The Verkhovna Rada is already adopting bills on reforming law enforcement agencies, and we will soon launch a financial investigation service. On September 5, the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court began to work in our country, and we are awaiting verdicts, ”the President of Ukraine said at a meeting with the NATO Secretary General.
Political constituents for the fight against corruption
According to the political expert of the analytical center “House of Democracy” Anatoly Oktisyuk, Ukraine will not be able to become a NATO member until the entire state system is cleared of corruption..
“Stoltenberg’s statement is a message that there are no countries with a corrupt component of power among NATO members. How can a country be in the North Atlantic bloc if oligarchs control state monopolies in it, plunder mineral resources, visit the president as if they were at home? Anatoly Oktisyuk to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
Anatoly Oktisyuk believes that the new Ukrainian government is able to fight corruption in the shortest possible time.
“There is potential. They used to shout – we cannot fight corruption, we have no control over the SBU, the police, the government, the parliamentary coalition will collapse. And now everything is in one hands – corruption can be overcome in one year. A political decision of the president is needed, then the rules of the game will change, ”emphasizes Anatoliy Oktisyuk.
A political decision, a large transparent privatization, an honest judicial system, an open land market, according to him, these are the components that will become the foundation for the fight against corruption..
Ukraine – NATO: mutual interest in cooperation
According to the chairman of the Public League Ukraine-NATO Serhiy Dzherdzha,
The Alliance is interested in cooperation with Ukraine and has always demonstrated only this position..
“It is very important for Ukraine to continue and strengthen cooperation with NATO, because it strengthens the Ukrainian state, the very process of acquiring criteria and standards must be continued. Russia, as an aggressor, takes into account that Ukraine, in any case, does not act on this front itself, but has the support of NATO, “says Sergey Dzherdzh to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
He says that today there are some statements from hotel deputies and individual representatives in power that Ukraine is not expected to join NATO, the “doors to membership” are not open.
“This is a wrong policy, a policy of zigzags and isolationism in the security sphere. Apart from NATO, there are no global security institutions, because if we articulate it this way, it means that we are giving a signal to Putin – come and finish us off. On the contrary, it is necessary to adhere to a consistent policy of cooperation with the Alliance in order to join it “, – says Sergei Dzherj.
The expert claims that it is difficult for Ukraine alone to resist Russian aggression without the support of the international community..
“It is, of course, necessary to talk about the expansion of support from NATO, in the field of defense assistance – this is the way to go. Regarding the political vector, the Ukrainian Constitution says that the country’s ultimate goal is to join the European Union and NATO, ”emphasizes Serhiy Dzherdzh.
He believes that those countries that are not inclined to see Ukraine in NATO need to be convinced that Ukraine is a component of the world and European security system..
In the Constitution – about NATO and the European Union
According to the Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the law fixing changes in the Constitution of Ukraine regarding “the strategic course of the state to acquire full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization” entered into force on February 21, 2019..
Recall that on February 7, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the president’s initiative to amend the Constitution and consolidate the Euro-Atlantic vector of the country’s development..
In the preamble of the Basic Law, the words about “civil accord on the land of Ukraine” are supplemented with the quote “and confirming the European identity of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine”.
“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on behalf of the Ukrainian people – citizens of Ukraine of all nationalities, […] taking care of strengthening civil harmony on the land of Ukraine and confirming the European identity of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine […], adopts this Constitution – the Basic Law of Ukraine” , – underlined in the text of the preamble.
Article 102 notes that “the President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state for the acquisition of full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”.