Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine to be adopted at NATO summit – Bloc's Rep.

16:30, 24 May 2016
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A comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine is to be adopted at the NATO summit in Warsaw, the Director of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov said at a briefing during the 3rd International Conference "State Security services: the best international practice" in Kyiv on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.


Vinnikov said NATO "has been supporting Ukraine increasingly actively both politically and practically in recent years." "Our continued commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity is demonstrated by the decision by NATO Allies to hold a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the highest level during the Warsaw Summit, which will be held on July 8-9," he said.

According to the director of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, the main document which should be adopted at the meeting is a "comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine."

Read alsoKerry says no business as usual between NATO and Russia until peace in DonbasSpeaking about today's conference on the reform of the national security and intelligence services, Vinnikov said that it aimed at discussing two main issues that might be included in this package. "The first is democratic oversight. And the key role here should be played by the Parliament and civil society to provide oversight over the security and defense sector. And the second direction where NATO has increased its engagement is the wider security sector, that is, beyond the defense forces," he said, adding that the SBU plays a particularly important role in this area.

Read also"DPR" sabotage group gets into SBU trapVinnikov said that "we help the Security Service of Ukraine to implement this important reform process, and we work together with our colleagues from the EU advisory mission." "We believe that this dialogue contributes to real progress," he said.

At the same time, he said that, in addition to the reform concept, it was necessary to develop a plan for its implementation, with clear deadlines. "We would also like to see oversight structures established and related legislation adopted," Vinnikov said noting the key role of the Ukrainian Parliament in this regard.

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