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    Ukraine Scraps Non-Aligned Status (19)

    Ukraine intends to manufacture weapons in accordance with NATO standards, and the US M16 will be the first project.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian state-run defense concern Ukroboronprom announced a plan to manufacture firearms, such as the M16 assault rifles, in Ukraine in accordance with NATO standards jointly with the US Aeroscraft company, the press service of Ukroboronprom said Tuesday.

    "The state concern Ukroboronprom, a part of the state Ukroboronservice company, jointly with the US Aeroscraft company will produce firearms in accordance with NATO standards in Ukraine. The first project will be the M16 assault rifle," the press release said.

    The agreements resulted from the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation signed between the companies, the press release specified.

    Ukrainian servicemen walks in the yard of a destroyed building in the Pisky village near Donetsk on October 26, 2015
    In December 2014, Ukraine canceled its non-aligned status, confirming its intention to join NATO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a referendum on NATO membership would be held in the country by 2020.

    Despite Kiev's aspirations to become part of the alliance, NATO officials have repeatedly stressed that the country needs to implement a wide range of reforms before pursuing bloc membership.

    Ukraine Scraps Non-Aligned Status (19)


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