President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko: “There Is No Alternative to a Strong NATO for the Global Security System”


April 4 marks the 69th anniversary of military-political cooperation among countries of Europe and America within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance. It was on the 4th of April, 1949, that NATO was created, which not only combined the military capabilities of (then) 10 European countries, as well as of the United States and Canada, but also clearly determined the priorities of ensuring the collective security of the future European Union. Currently, NATO consists of 29 countries that have agreed to jointly defend the national interests of their peoples, and a number of countries are seeking to join the Alliance.

From the very beginning, NATO has focused on establishing a just and lasting peaceful order in Europe based on common democratic values, human rights and the rule of law. To achieve this, the Alliance laid the foundation for a stable security climate by strengthening democratic institutions and resolving conflicts peacefully, creating conditions where no country could resort to force against NATO member states.

In the last decade, NATO has been taking steps to make the Alliance capable of preventing new security challenges, such as international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In order to maintain its effectiveness, the Alliance has introduced a thorough transformation that has covered all aspects of its activities to improve its military capabilities and development of new partnerships.

Officially, relations between Ukraine and NATO began in 1991, when Ukraine, once gaining independence, joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, which since 1997 has been transformed into the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Ukraine became the first among CIS countries on February 8, 1994 to join the NATO’s “Partnership for Peace” Programme.

But only after Russia’s aggression against our state, Ukraine’s relations with NATO have gained new meaning and intensity. First of all, efforts are directed at reforming the Armed Forces and the entire security sector, bringing them closer to NATO standards, which will enable the country to strengthen its defense capabilities and in future to meet the criteria necessary for joining the Alliance.

The key system document for developing cooperation with NATO and an important tool for implementing reforms in Ukraine with the support of the Alliance is the Annual National Programmes (ANP) for NATO-Ukraine Cooperation, which have been developed since 2009 and are approved by the President of Ukraine. The implementation of the ANPs involves central executive authorities, other bodies of state power, non-governmental organizations.

The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine maintains mutually beneficial contacts with partner intelligence services of NATO member states. Their relevance and effectiveness have increased significantly since Russia began military aggression against Ukraine. The aggressive behavior of Russia, which violated the basic norms of international law and tried to destroy the European collective security system, only more united us with our partners and allies, added trust to relations and made cooperation more effective. Permanent working contacts, official meetings, informal communication, information exchange allow us to timely solve various issues of regional and global security.

Today, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine is being optimized up to the most progressive standards of the EU and NATO. This applies both to the organizational structure of the SZRU and to the standards of intelligence and analytical activity, and to the training of employees.

”There is no alternative to a strong NATO for the global security system”, believes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Under his order, a draft concept of optimization of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine was developed in accordance with NATO standards, which includes improvement of the structure, de-bureaucratization, introduction of a project-based approach to work, new opportunities for each SZRU employee to realize his/her professional potential.

Ukraine is committed to meet all the criteria for membership in NATO and the EU as soon as possible. Today, 59% of Ukrainians support the idea of ​​Ukraine’s membership in NATO. According to Petro Poroshenko, our country expects to become a member of the Alliance in the next decade.

Press Office of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine