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 Ukraine starts restructuring defense, security sector to join NATO, - Poroshenko

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine chaired by President Petro Poroshenko has discussed the Strategic Defense Bulletin as well as the issues related to planning and implementation of the State Defense Order.

Censor.NET reports referring to presidential administration press service.

According to the president, the Bulletin has been elaborated with the participation of experts from NATO and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. "The involvement of experts from NATO and its member states is natural and essential. The Strategic Defense Bulletin is a roadmap of security and defense reforms," Poroshenko emphasized, adding that the document concerned not only the Armed Forces of Ukraine but also terms and specific tasks intended for a complex restructuring of security and defense sector.

"The given project is virtually the beginning of real restructuring of security and defense sector aimed at joining NATO. It doesn't mean that accession is being considered. Of course, we stick to our international commitments, but it is a milestone for our Armed Forces and national security and defense sector on their way to NATO," the head of state noted.

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According to the president, Ukraine's defense and security reform must result in creation of efficient, mobile, well-equipped, and united defense forces on the model of 2020 that will meet the NATO standards and principles and will be able to defend the country. Poroshenko also drew attention to Bulletin's Glossary section intended to adapt terms used in national legislation to the language of NATO's strategic documents.

"We are finally quitting the Soviet army system and starting to build truly efficient armed forces. It is very important for me, since it indicates that Ukraine and NATO speak the same language and understand each other alright," he stressed.

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Poroshenko also emphasized that the democratic civil control over security structures of the state will be enhanced: "It is a feature of a democratic state. After the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over occupied territories, we will raise the issue of appointing a civilian to the post of defense minister."
 
 
 
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