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Ukraine's new coalition agreement provides for transition to NATO standards

November 21, 2014, 19:33 UTC+3
Ukraine will work out and adopt a new edition of the national security strategy and military doctrine
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A Ukrainian man wearing national dress dances during the opening ceremony of NATO military drills in Ukraine

A Ukrainian man wearing national dress dances during the opening ceremony of NATO military drills in Ukraine

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KIEV, November 21. /TASS/. The coalition agreement signed on Friday by parties forming a coalition in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) provides for the cancellation of the country’s off-bloc status and gradual transition to NATO standards, says a document posted on Friday on the official website of the Samopomich (Self-assistance) party.

The lawmakers agreed to work out and adopt a new edition of Ukraine’s national security strategy and military doctrine with due account of the changed military-political situation around the country. A new term - ‘potential enemy’ - and its clear criteria will be introduced in the military doctrine.

The signatory parties agreed to resume the “political course towards integration into the Euro-Atlantic space and membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.”

Apart from that, the agreement set “restoration of Ukraine’s state sovereignty over Crimea” as a top-priority task.

Russia wants guaratees on Ukraine's non-entry to NATO

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Thursday said the issue of guarantees of Ukraine’s non-admission to NATO will be raised if Kiev takes the decision to change the country’s nonaligned status.

“As far as I understand, Ukrainian politicians have made separate statements on the possibility of changing the constitutional neutral status of the state,” the diplomat said. “So, if the key political decision on changing this neutral status is made, then certainly the issue of guarantees will be immediately and straightforwardly raised,” Lukashevich said. “It is clear that the provision of such guarantees may help ease this tension.”

“The genesis of the situation shows that all the loud statements that NATO infrastructure would not approach Russia’s borders and that the alliance would not expand further to the east were just declarations,” Lukashevich said.

Therefore, Russia has proposed making these obligations legally binding with their possible fixing in the European security treaty and keeps this proposal on the negotiating table as its major European initiative,” said the diplomat. “We had proposed several years ago to discuss such treaty both within the framework of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and within the NATO-Russia Council (NRC). But the NATO partners have unambiguously rejected this idea, the same as the idea of assuming legal obligations by all the signatories to the treaty, including Russia, saying that NATO could give legal guarantees only to its members.”

“Therefore, this question should rather be addressed not to the Russian side that wants all the states in the Euro-Atlantic space to feel secure and make this security equal and comprehensive for all,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“We hope very much that the adamant position linked with reluctance to discuss this issue both within the framework of the OSCE and NATO-Russia Council and other formats will be changing along with the developments in the Euro-Atlantic,” Lukashevich said. “This task is of major importance and we will continue to promote this idea in various formats, international and regional,” he said.

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