Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the Law on National Security passed on Thursday is a significant step toward Ukraine's membership in NATO.
"This Law is a significant step on the way to European and Euro-Atlantic integration. This is our strategic course and I intend to consolidate it in the Constitution in the near future," Poroshenko said, according to the president's press service.
The president congratulated Ukrainians on the adoption of the Law "On National Security of Ukraine."
"For four years, practically from zero, we have created one of the best armies in Europe, which firmly holds the defense in the east of Ukraine and the entire continent," Poroshenko said.
"And now the new Law on National Security introduces advanced world standards to our army, the activities of special services and law-enforcement bodies of Ukraine. It strengthens our military and defense potential, strengthens civilian control over the army, transparency of the defense budget," the president emphasized.
Poroshenko stressed the law creates new opportunities for military-technical cooperation with allies, first of all the United States of America. "This also applies to the supply of modern defense weapons, and not only Javelin," he added.
"As a result of the implementation of this law, Ukraine will become stronger and the security of citizens – more reliable. When we implement this Law, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the entire security sector will fully meet the criteria for Ukraine's membership in NATO," he said.