BRUSSELS, December 3 (Sputnik) — Ukrainian army's abandoning national standards and taking on those of NATO does not correspond with the country's current needs — Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday.
"I think that Ukraine has goals other than reforming [its armed forces] and transition to NATO standards. Abandoning national standards and attempting to take on foreign ones is a dead-end track," Grushko told the press.
In April, Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation in the country’s South-East in order to suppress local independence supporters. NATO member nations actively backed Kiev's military action.