Oleg Hladkovskiy emphasizes the effective cooperation between Ukraine and NATO in the defense-technical sphere
As part of the deepening of
Ukraine-NATO practical partnership in the defense-technical sphere, on May 23,
2018, the twenty-sixth regular meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group
on Defense Technical Cooperation took place in Odesa.
First Deputy to the Secretary of the
National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Chairman of the
Interdepartmental Commission on the policy of military-technical cooperation
and export control Oleg Hladkovskiy headed the delegation of Ukraine; the NATO
delegation was led by Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment
The Ukrainian delegation included
representatives of the Ministry of Defense headed by Deputy Minister of Defense
Lieutenant-General Ihor Pavlovsky and the defense industry led by Deputy
Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Yuri Brovchenko and
Director General of the SC "Ukroboronprom" Pavlo Bukin.
The parties discussed the results of
the cooperation in the field of armaments during the period since the last
meeting of the JWG and signed the updated Roadmap for Defense-Technical
Cooperation, having agreed on the main tasks for its implementation in the second
half of 2018.
Mr. Hladkovskiy highlighted the
significant progress in carrying out reforms in the security and defense sector
of Ukraine and in the practical implementation of the Roadmap: in particular,
Ukraine fulfilled all the points of the previous document.
The Roadmap for Defense-Technical
Cooperation for 2018 contains a number of new tasks for the Ukrainian side. "It
is about the development of NATO-compatible national standardization and
codification systems in defense, cooperation in the field of safe storage of
ammunition, and the establishment of links between defense companies of NATO
and Ukraine. It also provides for the establishing a system of the state
guarantee of quality of defense products and participation in multinational
projects of the NATO "Smart Defense" Concept, - First Deputy to the Secretary
of the NSDC of Ukraine noted.
The parties also discussed the
prospects of defense-technical cooperation, the reform of the domestic defense
industrial complex and the further development of public-private partnership,
the state of interaction in the implementation of NATO Trust Funds in terms of
achieving compatibility with the Alliance in the defense-technical sphere,
improving the training system for specialists in defense-technical cooperation
for the security and defense sector structures, etc.
"We have made significant progress in
bringing our standards into line with NATO standards in the defense-technical
sphere. In particular, only in 2017, 41 standards were adopted; in 2018, it is
planned to adopt the remaining 26 relevant Alliance norms. An automated
information system for the codification of supplies has also been put into
operation, - Mr. Hladkovskiy said. - Therefore, we are extremely grateful to
our partners for helping reform our defense sector, and we hope that
cooperation will be strengthened and expanded. After all, Ukraine's strong and
powerful army is, first of all, the return of Ukrainian territories, as well as
a guarantee of peace on the borders of the Eastern European countries-members
The parties also paid considerable
attention to the issues of defense-technical cooperation, in particular, in the
field of procurement of arms for imports, expansion of cooperation within the
framework of the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors, and the
implementation of the NATO Trust Funds formed in support of Ukraine.
"We understand that, first of all, we
need to achieve compatibility with the Alliance in the defense-technical
sphere, and this sector must fully comply with NATO standards. After all, we
are interested in a full-fledged partnership and Ukraine's gaining full
membership in the Alliance in prospect", - Mr. Hladkovskiy explained.
The parties also discussed the reform
of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine, the SC "Ukroboronprom" and the
development of the public-private partnership.
"We can confidently speak about the
growth of the role of private enterprises in Ukraine's defense sector, and this
is an extremely positive step. In particular, Ukrainian companies - arms
manufacturers and technicians will soon get the right to independently import
components for their production and export their manufactured products. This,
in turn, will expand the prospect of cooperation without restrictions of Ukrainian
enterprises with enterprises of NATO countries in the defense-technical
sphere", - Oleg Hladkovskiy said O.
Moreover, the NATO delegation visited the State Enterprise "Odesa
Aviation Plant" and the private enterprise "Telecard-Device". The top
management of the enterprises presented the achievements in the production of
equipment according to NATO standards (developments in the field of aircraft
engineering, automated troops control systems, telecommunication facilities),
as well as possible promising projects of cooperation with the companies of the
NATO and EU countries.