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 US boosts efforts to assist Ukraine’s defense sector reform, - Gen. Abizaid

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze met with senior strategic advisor to Ukraine General John Abizaid.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Klympush-Tsyntsadze praised the support to the reform of the defense sector provided by the United States. She informed the American counterpart that Ukraine was spending 5 percent of its GDP on the national security and defense.

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General Abizaid was impressed by the scale of funding.

According to the U.S. advisor, many reforms have already been implemented in Ukraine but a lot of work is still to be done. He noted that NATO and the U.S. were interested in providing further support to the security and defense reforms in Ukraine. John Abizaid underscored the importance of the existing solid conceptual framework including the Strategic Defense Bulletin for further reform.

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Speaking on the practical implementation of reforms, Gen. Abizaid did not rule out a possible bureaucratic resistance. However, in his opinion, it should not be a significant obstacle since such countries as Lithuania and Poland have successfully overcome similar problems. General Abizaid noted the importance of creation of the Council for Defense Sector Reform, which should include high-ranked strategic advisors from the UK, Canada, Germany, Poland and Lithuania. These advisors will be involved in development of strategic directions of the defense sector reform and monitor its progress.

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"The real reform of the security and defense sector should result in Ukrainian soldiers, who will be trained, armed and equipped under the NATO standards and capable to give a rebuff to the aggressor and win battles much more efficiently," Klympush-Tsyntsadze said.

The parties underscored the importance of international unity regarding the issues of global security and deterrence of the Russian aggression as well as solidarity in response to the violation of international law by the Kremlin.


 
 
 
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