On July 5, as part of the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30. International Politics", First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova spoke at a sessional discussion "NATO Course: the Path to Membership."
In her remarks, Emine Dzhaparova expressed certainty that nowadays, few people have doubts about the priority and exceptional importance of Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration. She recalled the words of Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stating that Ukraine's membership in NATO is only a matter of time and the price we will pay for it.
"The NATO 2021 Summit in Brussels broke up all recent speculations about the Alliance changing its mind about Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic prospects. The Allies have clearly confirmed that our country will become a member of the Alliance and that the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) is an integral part of this process," Emine Dzhaparova stated.
According to the diplomat, in order to obtain the MAP, Ukraine is concentrating on the practical implementation of a number of key tasks. These are further strengthening and expanding a circle of MAP-for-Ukraine supporters among the Allies, increasing Ukraine's participation in joint operations and exercises with NATO, continuing the reform process aimed at Ukraine's gradual transition to NATO standards, norms, and principles, adopting important legislation and security and defense guidelines.
Emine Dzhaparova also pointed out the importance of Ukraine's accession to NATO's Enhanced Capabilities Program. "This status opens a number of opportunities for both Ukraine and NATO in such areas, as military training, participation in the Alliance operations and missions, and mutual exchange of experience and information," she noted.
The First Deputy Minister dwelled on the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. She complimented the Allies' decisions following the 2021 NATO Summit, in which they expressed unconditional support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders, and called on Russia to stop "inciting" the conflict in the Donbas by providing financial and military support to Russian occupation forces.
Emine Dzhaparova also informed about the preparations for the Crimea Platform Summit, scheduled for August 23, and stressed the importance of the Alliance's participation. According to her, such participation should show a clear and resolute rejection of Russia’s policies of blackmail, threats, and intimidation.