NATO officials have reacted positively to the Strategic Defense Bulletin adopted by Ukraine. This was reported by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. Radio Liberty reported that she took part in the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting held in Brussels on the 1st of June.
“NATO have welcomed the Strategic Defense Bulletin and they are really hoping that all intentions and plans stated in the document will be implemented,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.
She believes that there is a high probability that the final comprehensive aid package for Ukraine will be approved at a NATO meeting on the 15th of June.
“We expect that there will be a meeting of the Defense Ministers of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. We hope that at this meeting, a comprehensive program of assistance to Ukraine will be adopted. This program will ultimately be approved at the NATO summit. This would be the actual result of all previous negotiations,” she said.
She also discussed Ukraine’s plans to reform their defense sector with ambassadors of NATO-allied countries. In response, they have expressed a willingness to continue to support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
NATO-member countries and EU members also said that “they support the continuation of sanctions” against Russia.
On the 20th of May, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine adopted the Strategic Defense Bulletin which deals with issues relating to the planning and execution of state defense orders. With reference to this, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine hopes to restructure their defense and security sectors with an end goal of joining NATO.