Ukraine will not apply for the NATO membership soon. This was announced by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko during the opening of the session of Ukraine-NATO commission on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Our priority is the integration to the Euro-Atlantic security space to gain membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is very important that it is a decision of NATO and 29 member countries. No country outside NATO has the right to veto or the right to authorize this cooperation. It is the will of 29 countries and the will of the member-to-be country. Once again I want to emphasize, this does not mean that we will immediately apply for membership, absolutely not. This means that we need to build a program of reforms, a program of our cooperation, intensify our efforts to achieve the necessary standards,” president said.
Poroshenko called the visit of North Atlantic Council headed by Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Kyiv symbolic.
“Your today's visit together with North Atlantic Council is also deeply symbolic, and not only because it happens on the 20th anniversary of signing of Charter on a special partnership between Ukraine and NATO, initially signed in Madrid by Ukraine’s President, NATO Secretary General and 16, now 29 NATO leaders of state and governments. This is also symbolic because for several days the representatives of all key states and institutions responsible for the security of the entire democratic world are staying in Ukraine,” Poroshenko noted.
As it was reported earlier NATO’s General Secretary is visiting Kyiv. The welcoming ceremony of Jens Stoltenberg took place in the building of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration.