"While we didn't have it in mind a couple of years ago, my current political stance is that we are considering it now. The Ukrainian people should decide on Ukraine's membership in the Alliance by referendum after the implementation of reforms. And the Alliance should be joined by another member, which will protect freedom and democracy against aggression together with the free world," Yatseniuk said, speaking Wednesday at the Third Kyiv Security Forum for Youth dedicated to "the role of the new generation in maintaining peace and security."
He said: "We have lost Crimea and received Russian troops and tanks on the territory of Ukraine. We have lost 6,000 lives due to Russia's and its top officials' imperial ambitions, because Ukraine has not received the status of the Alliance accession country in Bucharest, as well as due to improper world reaction to Russia's attack on Georgia, and because of the fact that our Western partners for over a decade were somewhat blind and deaf to Russia and the billions of dollars that were spent on the Russian defense industry."