DEVELOPING CONSTRUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UKRAINE
partnership with NATO is one of the important
areas of Ukraine’s
security policy. It is aimed at interacting in countering conventional and
emerging challenges and threats and helps Ukraine to achieve up-to-date
standards of development and defence capacity.
fundamental documents of Ukraine-NATO relations are the Charter on a Distinctive
Partnership between Ukraine
and the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization,
signed on 9 July 1997,
and the Declaration to Complement the Charter, signed on
21 August 2009.
The Law of Ukraine “On the
Foundations of Domestic and Foreign Policy”, adopted on 1 July 2010, reflected Ukraine’s intention as a European non-block
state to continue constructive partnership with NATO.
NATO’s new Strategic Concept, adopted
at the Lisbon summit of this organization on
19-20 November 2010, reaffirms the Alliance’s
readiness to continue and develop partnership with Ukraine.
of the development of constructive partnership
for Ukraine’s Partnership
with the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization coordinates internal efforts to
develop constructive partnership between Ukraine and NATO on issues of
Commission is a consultative body to the President of Ukraine. The Minister for
Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is the head of the Commission. The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs was assigned a leading role in coordinating cooperation with
The Commission includes five National Coordinators to the
following areas – political and economic issues, defence and military
issues, resources (financial) issues, security issues, legal
Political contacts, NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC)
Continuous political contacts
and the activity of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) contribute to the
development of the Ukraine-NATO constructive partnership. NUC is the main mechanism of the bilateral dialogue, established in
1997 according to the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership.
In 2010 several
visits to Ukraine
by the NATO Deputy Secretaries General were paid and a number of NUC meetings
were held to discuss topical bilateral and general security issues of mutual
On 23 September 2010
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with NATO
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the
sidelines of the 65th
session of the UN General Assembly.
On 20 November 2010
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko participated in a Meeting of countries
contributing to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, held on the sidelines of the
The Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
took part in activities of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council met regularly.
Annual National Programmes (ANP)
Annual National Programme
(ANP) is a key practical instrument of reforms in Ukraine. The ANPs
were launched in accordance with the decisions of the NATO North-Atlantic
Council (NAC) ministerial held on 2-3 December 2008.
The ANP is approved
by the President of
Ukraine. The Action Plan on the ANP’s implementation
is drafted and approved by the Ukrainian Government. Both the ANP and the Action Plan consist of five chapters –
political and economic issues, defence and military issues, resources, security
and legal issues. The ANP and the Action Plan are implemented by central organs
of executive power, other state bodies as well as by NGOs.
The results of the
implementation of the Annual National Programme are assessed by NATO. This
assessment is taken into account while preparing the ANP for the following
Ukraine implemented the
first ANP in 2009 and the second one – in 2010. NATO gave positive assessment
of the implementation of these documents.
Joint Working Groups under
the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission
To develop practical cooperation under the
auspices of NUC five Ukraine-NATO Joint Working Groups were established: on
Defence Reform; on Defence Technical Cooperation; on Economic Security; on
Civil Emergency Planning; on Scientific and Environmental Cooperation.
Ukraine–NATO Staff Talks on Intelligence
Sector Reform in Ukraine
Expert Staff Talks on Cyber Defence
take place under the auspices of the Ukraine–NATO Joint Working Group on
Ukraine’s participation in
Ukraine remains the only
partner of the Alliance
participating in all main current peacekeeping missions under the NATO command.
peacekeepers participate in the International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan (ISAF) as a part of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Ghor, NATO Training Mission - Iraq (NTM-I), in Kosovo Force
(KFOR). Ukraine also
participates in NATO-led anti-terrorist operation “Active Endeavour” in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ukraine-NATO cooperation in reforming security and
defence sector. Cooperation in military and military-technical
cooperation in reforming security and defence sectors, in the military and
military-technical spheres is being developed through Ukraine-NATO Joint
Working Groups. This is done on the basis of bilateral cooperation with the Alliance’s member countries as well as Ukraine’s participation in the
NATO’s “Partnership for Peace” and other programmes.
Ukraine cooperates with
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the sphere of air situation data
Ukraine interacts with
NATO member countries and partners in conducting joint exercises.
In 2010, Ukraine
was the first partner country that joined the NATO Response Force (NRF). In
July-December 2010 Ukraine‘s Armed Forces platoon specialized in nuclear,
biological and chemical threats participated in the 15th rotation of
Ukraine and Russia
continue to jointly provide 18 NATO members and partners with strategic airlift
capabilities under the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) Programme.
Ukraine participates in
the NATO/PfP Trust Fund project for the destruction
ammunition, small arms and light weapons, and man-portable air defence systems in Ukraine as well as in NATO/PfP Trust Fund Resettlement Programme on social adaptation
and retraining of retired military personnel including as a consequence of Ukraine’s
in eliminating non-military threats
In 2010 Ukraine
was the first partner country that launched cooperation with NATO in the area
of cyber defence.
Cooperation in the
fight against money laundering, trafficking of drugs and arms, as well as human
trafficking is under way.
cooperation with the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre
(EADRCC). In July 2010, with the support of the Centre, Ukraine received assistance from the Slovak Republic
in combating natural disaster in Chernivtsy region,
caused by heavy rains. Ukraine
rendered humanitarian assistance to Poland
and Tajikistan (in May), Hungary (in June), Moldova (in September) for
overcoming the effects of floods in these countries.
in science and environmental protection spheres
The development of
the Ukrainian Research and Academic Network (URAN) funded by the NATO grant;
monitoring and forecasting floods in the basin of Prypyat
River, contaminated with radioactive isotopes as a result of the Chornobyl disaster; the joint project aimed at building a
unique high-energy x-rays equipment providing high resolution imaging in the
field of medicine, explosion and forensic detection and environmental security
based in Kharkiv National Science Centre are among
the current key Ukraine-NATO projects within the Alliance’s programme “Science
for Peace and Security”.