NATO confirms Ukraine's aspirations to alliance integration

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The participants of NATO Summit in Brussels adopted a declaration which officially confirms Ukraine’s aspirations to the membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. The declaration
“An independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law is key for Euro-Atlantic security.  We stand firm in our support for Ukraine’s right to decide its own future and foreign policy course free from outside interference.  In light of Ukraine’s restated aspirations for NATO membership, we stand by our decisions taken at the Bucharest Summit and subsequent Summits,” the declaration says.

NATO member states realize the interest in expanding the opportunities within the initiative of compatibility of the cooperation.
“We will continue to work with Ukraine, a longstanding partner of the Alliance, based on the principles and values enshrined in the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine,” the declaration says.

In total, the declaration has 79 items.
“The 66th item in particular says that NATO confirms Ukraine’s aspirations to the North Atlantic integration. It says that NATO does not refuse from its actions and promises concerning Ukraine’s membership in the alliance,” 112 Ukraine correspondent said.
At the same time, the declaration does not mention the Enhanced Opportunities Partnership program.
NATO representatives stated that they were satisfied with the reforms implemented in Ukraine and they were ready to provide support.

Additionally, according to the declaration, defense spending is to be increased.
Earlier it was reported that NATO did not intend to offer
Ukraine the ЕОР (Enhanced Opportunities Partnership), yet it would offer its support. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said it at the Summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
Earlier, Ukraine appealed to NATO requesting to include it into the ЕОР.
It should be noted that NATO started ЕОР for dialogue and cooperation in 2014. ЕОР status is given to the partners which contributed in NATO mission most.
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