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 Ukraine needs at least six-seven years to join NATO, - President Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes Ukraine needs at least six to seven years to meet NATO standards.

As reported by Censor.NET citing DW, he said this to Conflict Zone show reporter, which is to air on English-language DW on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Ukraine needs to meet NATO standards, and this will not happen in upcoming year or so, the president said.

Poroshenko stressed that as a sovereign and independent state, Ukraine has no need to ask for Russia's permission for NATO accession. However, in order to reach this goal, the country requires reforms, and it will take at least six to seven years to meet the NATO criteria. After it, the president noted, a referendum to ask Ukrainians whether they want the Alliance membership is to be held.

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Poroshenko reminded that only 16 percent of the population supported the notion of NATO accession two years ago, while it has soared to 60 over this period. Commenting on German Foreign Minister Steinmeier's stance, who only envisages Ukraine-NATO partnership and no membership, Poroshenko stressed that Germany's position might as well change by 2022.

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