Ukraine was invited for the first time to the meeting of the NATO Supreme Advisory Committee
The representative of Ukraine will take part in the discussion of issues that were previously the exclusive prerogative of NATO member states.Ukraine was for the first time invited to participate in the expanded format of the Conference of National Armaments Directors / photo from UNIAN, Mikhail Palinchak
Today, October 26, chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg , a meeting of the Supreme Advisory Committee of the North Atlantic Council on Armaments – the Conference of National Armaments Directors will take place.
This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Nosov, who will represent our country during the Conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
As noted in the Ministry of Defense, for the first time in more than half a century of the Committee’s activity, a representative of Ukraine has been invited to participate in issues that were previously the exclusive prerogative of NATO member states.
According to Nosov, Ukraine was previously involved in the meetings of the Conference, but now for the first time we are talking about issues related to the exclusive prerogative of NATO member states, in particular, innovations in the military-technical sphere, transformation in cooperation with science and the military-industrial complex. and achieving an optimal balance between military needs and budgetary capabilities.
Nosov emphasized that the Conference of the Alliance’s National Armaments Directors will be held immediately after last week, on October 21, the NATO defense ministers approved a new plan for the defense of the alliance during conflicts and crises, with the aim of planning the immediate formation of the Alliance forces at the right time and in the right place.
What is known about the upcoming conference
Since 1996, the Conference of National Armaments Directors has been the supreme advisory committee of the Alliance’s North Atlantic Council on armaments. She coordinates the implementation of NATO’s policy on the development of weapons and military equipment. Heads of national departments or relevant departments of departments responsible for the formation and implementation of policy in the field of weapons and military equipment are involved in the work of the Conference.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 19, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin paid a visit to Ukraine, during which he discussed cooperation in the military sphere with his Ukrainian counterpart Andrei Taran.
Also, the head of the Pentagon met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The head of the Ukrainian state stressed that the United States remains Ukraine’s main partner in the field of security and defense. Austin, in turn, declared his support for Ukraine’s NATO aspirations and stressed that no third country has the right to veto membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.
Ukraine’s path to NATO
As UNIAN reported earlier, in the communique following the results of the previous Alliance summit in Brussels on June 14, 2021, it was noted that Ukraine will become a NATO member through the implementation of the Membership Action Plan.
US President Joe Biden said that Russia’s occupation of part of Ukrainian territories does not affect NATO membership, but Ukraine must cleanse itself of corruption. He stressed that Ukraine must meet certain criteria in order to obtain the MAP.
Dmitry Kuleba called on NATO countries to provide Ukraine with MAP in 2022.
NATO countries at the Madrid summit in 2022 will confirm the decision on Ukraine’s future membership.
Heading towards NATO in Ukrainian legislation
On February 21, 2019, amendments to the Constitution came into force , which consolidate Ukraine’s aspiration to become a member of the European Union and NATO. The Constitution enshrines “the European identity of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.”
In September 2020, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved the National Security Strategy of Ukraine . It is based on three basic principles of state policy in the field of national security. Among other things, it is planned to develop strategic relations with key foreign partners, primarily with the European Union and NATO and their member states.
In July 2021, Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of June 4 “On urgent measures to deepen Ukraine’s integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”
On August 26, Zelensky approved the state’s foreign policy strategy . The strategy defines the need for Ukraine to gain full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Author: Tatiana Gerasimenko