Ukraine needs a civilian defence minister: NATO is ready to “help”

20.12.2017, Ukraine.

In his interview with journalists Alexander Vinnikov, Head of NATO Representation in Ukraine, claimed that a new Minister of Defense in Ukraine should be a civilian person, REGNUM news agency reports on December 18, 2017.

The representative of the North Atlantic Alliance is dissatisfied by the fact that the current Ukrainian Minister of Defense, General Stepan Poltorak, has a military rank. In Vinnikov’s opinion, this fact hinders defense reforms, which Ukraine has committed to fulfill. “Further effective implementation of the obligations on defense reforms in Ukraine within the framework of the Strategic Defense Bulletin, includes the move to a civilian defense minister in 2018,” Vinnikov said.

It’s worth noting that for three years, groups which illegally came to power in the Ukraine, have been calling for the country’s entry into NATO as one of their main objectives. At the same time, leaders of the NATO military alliance are far from deciding to give Ukraine a full membership in the organization. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “In order to become a member of NATO, it is necessary to meet the standards of the organization … Ukraine has not yet been properly reformed … it is necessary to modernize security institutions, to fight against corruption and strengthen democratic institutions.“

Editorial comments

This is not the first explicit intervention by the West in Ukrainian domestic affairs, with full agreement by the latter. At the dawn of Euromaidan, the official representative of the State Department, Victoria Nuland came to Kiev where she was remembered for the distribution of “biscuits” to protesters.

Then, after the coup d’état Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the US in the Obama administration, repeatedly visited Kiev. During his visit on April 21, the American politician took his place at the head of the table during the meeting with Ukrainian top officials. This puzzled and bewildered Ukrainian society and appeared ridiculous in people’ eyes. On December 8, 2015, Biden openly recommended a “decentralization” to Ukraine as a method to solve all problems.

Once again, the example of Ukraine illustrates the futility of any attempts to bargain for something in exchange for sovereignty. NATO will never accept Ukraine as it did not accept Russia, regardless what the elites do. But the “charm” of external governing has to be tested in full by the “Free and Independent” Ukraine.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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