Ukraine can become major non-NATO ally in 2014 - minister

The MNNA status will enable Ukraine to significantly broaden its military-technical cooperation and obtain a mechanism for buying necessary weapons, Petrenko said.

Ukraine could be assigned the status of the United States' major non-NATO ally (MNNA) as early as this year, said Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko.

"Given the conditions our country is currently in, we have a prospect of obtaining the status of a U.S. ally fairly quickly. I think this will happen as early as this year," the minister said at an event held on the occasion of Notaries' Day on Tuesday.

The MNNA status will enable Ukraine to significantly broaden its military-technical cooperation and obtain a mechanism for buying necessary weapons, Petrenko said.

"The procedure for granting the U.S. ally status has been launched. But I personally think: this is an interim stage for granting Ukraine full membership in the North-Atlantic Alliance," Petrenko said.

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