September 28, 2015

September 23, 2015. Participation in the Conference “Implementation of NATO Standards in Ukraine: Achievements and Prospects”

Experts of the Independent Analytical Center for Geopolitical Studies “Borysfen Intel” have repeatedly raised questions about possible solutions to the problems of Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration in the situation of the Russian Federation's severe counteracting these processes. At the same time, the cynical continuation of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, as well as the threat of larger scale invasion of Russian-terrorist troops deep into Ukrainian territory demand from the Ukrainian side more resolute actions to ensure the security of the country and above all — to show political will and to make political decisions to speed up the process of Ukraine's becoming a member state of NATO and the EU.

To these and many other relevant issues was devoted the International Scientific-Practical Conference “Implementation of NATO Standards in Ukraine: Achievements and Prospects”, which was held September 23 in Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, organized by the International Security and Partnership Centre in cooperation with the Lviv region's State Administration and with the support from the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine.

In the work of the Conference there actively participated politicians, diplomats, academics, military personnel and experts who discussed a number of urgent (current) security issues in Ukraine, Europe and the world as a whole, possible ways of solving them, including in the context of the prospects of Ukraine's accession to NATO, as well as the problems which it needs to overcome on the way to NATO.

The Conference was opened by the Director of International Security and Partnership Centre, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Markian Malskyi who draw the participants' attention to the high relevance and timeliness of the consideration of the issues on the agenda. This urgency is due to the deepening of political dialogue and the need to safeguard the national security of Ukraine within the framework of the coalitional, both, regional and global security.

Petro KolodiyIn his speech at the Conference, the Head of the Lviv Regional Council Petro Kolodiy pointed out that state policy on Ukraine's accession to NATO has undergone many transformations and only now, actually being in the state of armed aggression on the part of Russia, Ukraine has felt the need for both a strong army capable of defending the peace and quiet on Ukrainian land, and entering the coalition system of guaranteed security — NATO.

Opening the Conference, Deputy Chairman of Lviv Regional State Administration Yuriy Pidlisnyi pointed outthat today Ukraine is not just fighting for its territorial integrity, it is at the forefront of the war between the two civilizations. He also expressed confidence that together with the member countries of NATO, Ukraine will become a full member of the collective security system.

Bela TetseliThe Conference was also attended by Consul General of Poland in Lviv Yaroslav Drozd, who stressed that NATO is not just a significant military and political potential, but also high standards of democracy; Advisor for Automated Systems of Command and Control of the NATO Liason Office in Ukraine, Colonel Bela Tetseli, who focused the audience's attention on strengthening protection in the field of information; Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force of the Armed Forces of Canada, Major Cindy Leghari, who shared the experience of the Training Mission of the Canadian Forces in Ukraine, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland Arkadiusz Kobelyak and of the Republic of Lithuania Andreusz Vaivada who told about the experience of implementation of NATO standards in their countries.

Cindy LeghariRepresentatives of expert and academic environment actively participated in discussing the questions of real implementation of NATO standards into all spheres of life of Ukraine.

Thus, Director of the Center for International Security and Euro-Atlantic Security at the Uzhgorod National University Professor Ihor Todorov spoke on the specifics of relations between Ukraine and NATO in the context of the new edition of the National Security Strategy (2015), implementation of which is impossible without the involvement of an international advisory, financial and logistical assistance on the part of the North-Atlantic Alliance. Its final implementation is possible only if Ukraine becomes a full member of NATO.

Yuriy RadkovetsVice-President of the Independent Analytical Center for Geopolitical Studies “Borysfen Intel”, Ph.D. in Military Science, Associate Professor, and Lieutenant-General Yuriy Radkovets in his report "The Vigour on the Way to NATO and the EU as a Guarantee of Security of Ukraine in the Condition of the Russian Federation's Armed Aggression" analyzed the ways of solutions to Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration in the situation of the Russian Federation's severe counteracting these processes. This issue is becoming especially important in terms of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

In his report he reasoned the conclusions that Ukraine's membership in NATO is just a matter of political will of the leadership of our country and the Alliance, which should be shown for the sake of both, Ukrainian (national), and the European and Euro-Atlantic security. Demonstration of determination, consistency and inevitability of the intentions of the parties on this issue will allow to strengthen the security of Ukraine and the whole West in the face of a real threat from the Russian side, as well as to confirm the credibility of NATO as the only as of today influential international organization capable of guaranteeing to defend the interests of its members and partners. Besides, Ukraine's accession to NATO and the EU — is a real investment into the Western world's security.

Oleh KokoshynskyiChairman of the NATO-Ukraine Civic League Oleh Kokoshynskyi in his speech reviewed the evolution of forms and mechanisms of the cooperation, as well as socio-political aspects of NATO-Ukraine Partnership and problems of implementation of NATO standards within the framework of the Annual National Cooperation Program NATO-Ukraine.

During the Conference, the participants' attention was also drawn to the military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the countries of the Alliance at both, bilateral and multilateral level; and there was raised a number of issues of sectoral cooperation, economic standards, in particular in the sphere of guaranteeing energy security. Separately, there was discussed a linguistic issues in the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a factor in the deepening of integration processes.

Quite interesting was the presentation of the International Center for Peacemaking and Safety of the National Academy of the Land Forces of Ukraine presented by its Chief, Colonel Ihor Slisarchuk. Colonel Volodymyr Ozharevskyi told about the experience of international exercises and trainings in the Yavoriv Military Training Ground.

Summing up the work of the Conference, Moderator, Associate Professor Oleksandr Kuchyk stressed the need for continuing professional discussion around a number of issues raised, and expressed hope that the expert findings and practical recommendations made by both the representatives of the diplomatic corps and experts, would form the basis for the work of relevant bodies responsible for the preparation and implementation of our state's foreign policy decisions.