Is Ukraine still maintaining this goal and what is your country's road map in this regard?
From the very beginning of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO has adopted a firm position in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The alliance condemned Russia's occupation and annexation of Crimea and the violence and insecurity in eastern Ukraine caused by Russia. The alliance expressed its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
At the British Summit of NATO in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the NATO-Ukraine Commission. In a joint statement, they condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea and its continued and deliberate destabilization of eastern Ukraine in violation of international law. The allies agreed to support the efforts of Ukraine to develop a political process that meets the aspirations of the people in all regions of Ukraine without foreign interference.
The alliance has strongly supported the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by diplomatic means and dialogue. It has supported the Minsk agreements of September 2014 and welcomed the adoption of the package of measures for their implementation in February 2015. NATO has underlined that Russia must stop its deliberate destabilization of eastern Ukraine through its political, military and financial support for militants, withdraw its forces and military equipment from Ukrainian territory and fully support a political solution of the conflict. During meetings of the NATO-Russia Council, which continues to meet periodically to keep channels for political dialogue open, the Alliance continues to reiterate its firm position on Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The development of practical support measures in order to increase Ukraine's ability to provide for its own security began against the background of Russia's military escalation in Crimea with a focus on strengthening existing programs on defense education, professional development, security sector governance and security-related scientific cooperation with Ukraine. NATO members pledged to launch substantial new programs, with the help of trust funds – a mechanism which allows individual member and partner countries to provide financial support on a voluntary basis.
Cooperation between the alliance and Ukraine cover a wide range of areas including international security-support operations, defense and security sector reform, military-to-military cooperation, armaments, civil emergency planning, science and environment and public diplomacy. Cooperation in many areas is being intensified to enhance Ukraine's ability to protect its security at the background of Russia's aggression.
Taking into consideration such a firm position of NATO in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Ukraine will continue implementing foreign policy aimed at deepening cooperation with the alliance and reforming Ukrainian defense and security sector according to NATO standards.
For Ukraine strategic partnership with the alliance is an integral part of the European integration course. That is why we develop complex and comprehensive process of Ukraine's integration into European and Euro-Atlantic community one of the key pillars of which is NATO.
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