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25
January
2023

MPs proposes to adopt changes in legislation to help Ukraine meet criteria necessary for NATO membership

KYIV. Jan 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – MPs propose to the Verkhovna Rada to create in the legislative field the legal framework necessary for Ukraine to meet the criteria for gaining full membership in NATO.

The text of the bill on amendments to certain laws on national security and defense issues, concerning the strengthening of defense capability in the Context of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic Integration, has been published on the website of the Parliament.

The bill, in particular, proposes to improve the laws regulating Ukraine’s participation in international missions to maintain peace and security, the procedure for sending units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to other states, as well as the procedure for admission and conditions for the presence of units of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine.

As follows from the comparative table to the bill, its authors propose to supplement the law on the procedure for sending units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to other states with a new norm, according to which the proposal to send units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to another state to participate in multinational exercises, other training events aimed at increasing the level of interoperability, training, combat training of troops (forces) is submitted to the President not only by the National Security and Defense Council, as stipulated by the current legislation, but also by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to the bill, a proposal to send units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to another state shall include data on areas of operation, tasks, the total number of these units, the type and composition of their weapons, military equipment, subordination, terms of stay and the procedure for their possible extension, the replacement procedure and conditions for the withdrawal of units, on guarantees and compensation to persons of military and civilian personnel, as well as information on the procedure and conditions for reimbursement of expenses related to the performance of the tasks assigned to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in connection with their deployment to another state and stay on the territory of this state.

As noted in an explanatory note, the adoption of the bill will help implement the strategic course of the state defined in the Constitution of Ukraine for gaining membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the need to further strengthen the defense capability in the context of repelling the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.

As reported, a group of MPs registered bill No. 8376 on amending certain laws on national security and defense to strengthen defense capabilities in the context of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration on January 23.

Among the authors of the bill are members of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction Yehor Chernev, Mykyta Poturaev, Pavlo Frolov, Yevhenia Kravchuk, and Mariana Bezuhla.