Military Cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union under the Association Agreement and an issue of state sovereignty
 
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Wise National Law University of Ukraine
Publication date: 2014-03-31
 
Security and Defence Quarterly 2014;2(1):7–23
 
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The article deals with the complex investigation of the content of the draft Association Agreement with the European Union in the context of military collaboration proceeding from the theory of International Law. Special attention is focused on the issues regarding its influence on the military aspects of the state sovereignty of Ukraine. Four main questions are investigated: Does Ukraine have the obligations of an EU member state in the military sphere under the Agreement? What is the nature of Ukraine’s obligations in the military sphere under the Agreement? Does Ukraine have any legal guarantees that protect its own strategic interests in the military sphere in coordinating its defence policy with that of the EU? Are the sovereign rights of Ukraine in the military sphere taken into account in the institutional framework of cooperation under the Association Agreement? The author comes to the conclusion that the deepening cooperation with the EU under this international agreement does not lead to a limitation of the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the military sphere.
 
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