KIEV, July 17 (Itar-Tass) - An annual programme of cooperation with NATO has come into effect in Ukraine.
President Viktor Yanukovich’s decree on cooperation with NATO in 2013 has started operating.
The programme has been signed to continue constructive partnership between Ukraine and NATO.
Under the document, in 2013 Ukraine will continue carrying out democratic reforms and pursuing the policy towards ensuring energy security by integrating in the European energy system.
In accordance with the programme Ukraine is planning to maintain close cooperation with NATO, particularly within the Partnership for Peace programme. Kiev is planning to take part in the NATO training and advisory mission in Afghanistan after 2014. In addition, Ukraine seeks “to carry out the agenda on its way to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and it is ready to continue cooperation within the Eastern Partnership. In 2013 Ukraine will prepare for chairmanship of the CIS in 2014, the document says.
The programme will concretize the events and responsible executors that should simplify its implementation. The presidential press service said the implementation of annual programmes helps carry out interstate reforms in the security, defence, economic, legal and other spheres.
The annual programme is the key document of cooperation with the Alliance that is being worked out to realize the new stage of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.
Earlier, Yanukovich signed the law, “On the Fundamentals of Internal and Foreign Policy”, under which Ukraine declared its non-aligned status and gave up integration into NATO.