"Defense Ministry reform is a very sensitive process. We have no right to make mistakes and experiments as we cannot afford to lose control of the Armed Forces since it would endanger the territorial integrity of our country," Ukrainian Defense Minister, Army General Stepan Poltorak said at today's briefing in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
According to him, adoption of the NATO standards and reform of the Army by 2020 is a challenging task.
"The plans are ambitious indeed, but we just have no time for dragging out the process given the situation with military threats and military aggression that has developed in Ukraine. I personally see no obstacles for successful implementation of these plans," the minister said.
Poltorak stressed that the only thing that raised his concern was the high cost of the Defense Ministry reform while its success would depend on the development of the economy, the country's financial capacity and, accordingly, the defense budget.
"The success of the reform depends not on me only, but virtually on all of us!" Poltorak stressed.