NATO doesn't plan to cease support of Ukraine despite Hungary's demand

10:00, 26 May 2018
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"NATO provides strong political and practical support for Ukraine, and there is no plan to change anything in that respect," a NATO official told DW's Ukrainian service on Friday, May 25.

According to the source, the Hungarian government sent a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with an initiative to revise the program of support for Ukraine.

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Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in turn, says that Hungary is calling for NATO to introduce a new policy with relation to Ukraine in the interests of protecting the Hungarian minority in Zakarpattia.

According to the ministry, despite the never before seen level of political and financial support provided by NATO, the EU, the IMF, the World Bank and a large number of states, the Ukrainian government lacks the political will and capacity to realize the fundamental reform programs aimed at reorganizing the country's economic political and social systems that are required by international donors.

Hungary says that Ukraine's failure to introduce a credible modernization plan in harmony with the international commitments and criteria that Ukraine has previously accepted, means that "the already fragile country is becoming increasingly vulnerable under both domestic and external pressure."

In turn, NATO does not agree with this point of view. "In recent years, Ukraine has implemented significant reforms in the defense and security sectors, also in the spheres, including health care, education and social security. It is important for Ukraine to continue to move forward along the path of reform," the NATO official said.

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