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Kiev expects cooperation program to be approved at NATO summit

KIEV, August 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine expects that a session of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in September will approve a joint document that may become a midterm program of action, Ukraine’s NATO Ambassador Igor Dolgov told the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency on Tuesday.

The session will be held within a NATO summit in Wales on September 4 to 5.

He said after a military operation in eastern Ukraine ends, the Ukrainian security and defence sector will “need drastic restructuring”, as well as new approaches will be needed to strengthen combat readiness of the armed forces.

“In these issues, NATO’s experience and its standards are the best option for us, owing to which we may get not only consultative support, but also the experience that NATO countries have already,” the Ukrainian ambassador to NATO said.

He also said the previous session of the Ukraine-NATO commission at the summit level was in Bucharest in 2009. “Since then changes have taken place that make the holding of this session absolutely compulsory not only to assess where we find ourselves now in the system of security, but also to look into how Ukraine will be building cooperation with NATO in the future,” Dolgov said.

He said he expected Ukraine and NATO would discuss making the Ukrainian armed forces “more combat-ready, more mobile, more compatible, more compliant with NATO standards” as well as “closer cooperation with the Alliance”.