NATO leaders reaffirmed the decision of the 2008 Bucharest summit that Ukraine would become a NATO member, noting that Kyiv will move forward on the way of reform and make full use of the tools it already has to achieve membership.
“We support the decision taken at the Bucharest Summit. Ukraine will be a member of the alliance. The Action Plan on Membership as an integral part of the process; we reaffirm all elements of this decision, as well as further decisions, including the fact that each partner should be appreciated”, – the declaration says.
NATO has also stated that it supports Ukraine’s right to determine its future and foreign policy without outside interference.
NATO believes that “the success of broad and irreversible reforms, in particular the fight against corruption, the promotion of an inclusive political process, decentralization reforms based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law, will be decisive in order to lay the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine. Particularly important are further reforms in the security sector, in particular the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine”.
“We welcome the significant reforms that have already been carried out and recommend that further progress be made in accordance with Ukraine’s international obligations and commitments”, – the document says.
NATO has assured further practical support for reforming the defense and security sector, in particular through a comprehensive assistance package.
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