Delegates of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), which is the principal political decision-making body of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), who will be led by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will visit Ukraine in July, according to Ukraine`s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
”The Ukraine-NATO Commission and representatives of the Alliance member state have confirmed further support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and confirmed the decision on the North Atlantic Council`s visit in Ukraine in July,” she told an UNIAN correspondent after a Commission meeting in the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 25.
In her words, the visit is part of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukraine. The document was signed on July 9, 1997.
”This is a serious political signal, as well as an opportunity for us to brief all ambassadors of the NATO member states on both achievements and challenges that we are facing today amid war and ongoing reforms in the country,” she said.
Klympush-Tsintsadze says that the Charter needs to be brought in line with the real situation.
”The document is based on different geopolitical realities, and it uses terminology or even [mentions] the organizations that no longer exist today,” she said.
The exact date of the visit of the North Atlantic Council delegation is not set yet.
North Atlantic Council members last visited Ukraine in June 2008.