Poroshenko signs law on abolition of non-aligned status of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko signed a law abolishing the non-aligned status of Ukraine.

He signed the law during a press conference, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainian News.

When asked whether it is planned to hold a nationwide referendum on Ukraine's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2015, Poroshenko said that this is possible after the reform of the state in such a way that it meets the standards of NATO and the European Union.

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Such reforms, according to the president, will be implemented within 5-6 years.

Rada passed a president authored bill to abolish the non-aligned status on Dec. 23 by 303 votes.

According to the document, one of the priority national interests is Ukraine's integration into European political, economic and legal environment in order to gain membership in the European Union, as well as integration into Euro-Atlantic security space.

One of the main directions of state policy on national security issues and fundamental principles of the foreign policy is defined by the Parliament to be expanding cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in order to achieve the criteria necessary for the membership in this organization.

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The norm on obtaining EU membership as the main direction of the state policy in the sphere of foreign policy, while maintaining good neighborly relations and strategic partnership with Russia, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and other countries has been withdrawn from the legislation.

The Parliament also defined the basis of the foreign policy to be openness and striving for equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with all partners, based in the first place on the need to ensure the security, sovereignty and protection of territorial integrity of Ukraine (instead of the previous norm that stated cooperation with interested partners suggests avoiding dependence on individual states, groups of states or international organizations).

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n318487