Ukraine is unlikely to achieve its goal by the end of 2020 to fully comply with NATO standards, one of the reports for discussion at the autumn session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly says.
The NATO PA session will be held on October 11-14 in London. The relevant committees of the assembly will discuss draft resolutions and reports prepared this fall, which will then be submitted to the session. If approved, they will be sent as political advice to the North Atlantic Council.
“The current 2019 and 2020 will be crucial in advancing the agenda of Ukraine’s defense and security reform. Despite significant progress since 2014, there is a serious risk that Ukraine may not achieve the strategic goal set in 2016 to fully meet NATO standards and criteria for interoperability by the end of 2020″, – said in a report prepared by rapporteur from Canada, Senator Jane Cordy.
The document also states that “Ukraine is still far from meeting NATO and EU membership criteria, but it needs to be given a clear signal that membership is achievable as soon as all criteria are met”.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014 amended two laws, abandoning the non-aligned status of the state. In June 2016, additional changes were adopted that determine the entry into NATO as the country’s foreign policy goal. Ukraine should also ensure full compatibility of its armed forces with the forces of NATO countries by 2020.