Poroshenko elaborates on Ukraine's accession to NATO, while referendum petition scores enough votes

The referendum on Ukraine's accession to NATO will take place after the country meets all criteria necessary for entering the Alliance.

This is stated in a presidential reply to the e-petition on Ukraine's referendum on accession to NATO, which had previously received more than 25,000 signatures, Censor.NET reports citing president's official website.

"Pursuant to article 40 of the Constitution of Ukraine and article 23-1 of the law on requests of citizens, I have considered the e-petition on Ukraine's referendum on accession to NATO posted on the official website of the president of Ukraine on Aug. 29, 2015 by citizen A. Baturin.

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"One of the main priorities of Ukraine's foreign policy is to deepen cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in order to meet the criteria required for joining this organization. Today we are reforming our security and defense sector in accordance with NATO standards in order to strengthen the country's defense, which is essential for countering aggression from Russia," the president said.

He stressed that after Ukraine meets all necessary criteria for entering the Alliance, the final decision on this topical issue will be made by the Ukrainian people in a referendum.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n362033