EU Signs Pacts With Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova which said would increase Russian Tensions/They get NON- NATO ALLY STATUS
The United States congratulates Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on signing Association Agreements and establishing Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with the European Union.
The agreements signed today mark a major step toward integrating these Eastern Partnership countries more closely with the European Union and realizing a Europe whole, free, and at peace.
It is not just that these agreements link the EU’s eastern neighbors into its single market and unlock new opportunities for trade and assistance. Today, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine have signaled their readiness to undertake important economic and legal reforms that will make them stronger, more vibrant democracies.
U.S GRANTS UKRAINE, GEORGIA, MOLDOVA NON-NATO ALLY STATUS ALLOWING MILITARY HELP
U.S. Grants Ukraine Non-NATO Ally Status
Kyiv, July 19, 2014. The United States Congress passed a Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) of 2014, which granted Ukraine together with Moldova, and Georgia major non-NATO ally status. The legislation authorizes the transfer of military assistance to Ukraine, including the anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and small arms, based on the needs and the assessment of capabilities of Ukrainian Armed Forces, reads the document. It also encourages the U.S. government to share intelligence with Ukraine.
The Act was submitted by the expert commission and adopted by the U.S. Congress in two readings on July 17. The legislation stipulates the increase of the U.S. Armed Forces interactions and NATO security assistance to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and post-Yugoslavia republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.
In addition, RAPA encouraged the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the World Bank Group, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to facilitate and promote assistance to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in terms of exploiting natural gas and oil reserves as well as fostering the development of alternative energy sources.
Notably, the document restricts the actions of all federal institutions, which are aimed at recognizing or supporting the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. RAPA also endorses the development of democratic institutions, independent media, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as educational and cultural exchange on the territory of post-Soviet republics.
A number of times the government of the United States expressed its concerns over the growing military tension between Ukraine and Russia; however no sign of crisis mitigation was observed in the past months.
The U.S. Congress passed a bill, whereby Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia can obtain the status of allies of the U.S. without a NATO membership.
Moldovan TV channel TV7 reported that the bill was transferred to the profile commission to be prepared for adoption in its final reading.
The bill grants these countries with an ally status without a NATO membership, during which each of these states will meet the specified criteria for the transfer (or a potential hand over) of defense systems to them or providing them with the defense sector services.
U.S Congress gives Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova support to receive major non-NATO ally status