Tuesday, March 23, 2010

President meets Defense Minister

At the beginning of the meeting the President stressed that he would first of all like the Minister to present suggestions on how to improve the management of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"It is important that these measures did not harm the overall state of the Armed Forces and saved their military effectiveness and manageability", said Viktor Yanukovych.

Particular attention, according to President Yanukovych, should be dedicated to social security of servicemen. "It should be considered as much as possible, because we must retain professionals and eliminate social injustice against the soldiers”, he said.

The President said he is concerned about the condition of arms and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Viktor Yanukovych also stressed the need to address the issue of financing of the Armed Forces, particularly, providing necessary funds in the draft budget 2010.

Besides, the President emphasized the need for unconditional fulfillment of international obligations.

The Defense Minister thanked the President for support in preparing the draft budget. He said that Armed Forces development program for 2006-2011were actually failed.