Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with General Curtis Scaporotti the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the US in Europe and discussed cooperation issues. The President’s press office reports.
It is noted that Poroshenko visited American Mount Whitney, a command ship during his work trip to Odessa region. The ship participates in Sea Breeze 2018 multinational exercises.
The President emphasized bilateral cooperation and noted that the cooperation between Ukraine and NATO is strengthening over the last four years.
Poroshenko, also, noted that Ukraine is undertaking reforms strengthening its defense capability and reforms security sector because accession to NATO is the strategic objective of Ukraine.
Reportedly, Poroshenko intends to request the Ukrainian Parliament to amend the Constitution regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO.
The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law, which restores the country's course toward NATO membership as a strategic goal of foreign and security policy.
In their turn, NATO started a discussion about the possibility of granting the action plan on the membership of Ukraine in the Alliance.
A year later, the members of NATO confirmed that Ukraine is a country which has expressed its interests in acceding the Alliance.
Such countries are invited to an intensified dialogue with the Alliance on their aspirations for membership and related reforms, according to the website of NATO.
The additional requirement to the countries: they have to follow the principles of the Washington Treaty (to be a democratic country) and principles of the UN Charter, and to contribute to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area.
Yet it is important to understand that the status does not impose obligations regarding the membership of the country in the future. It means that Ukraine may or may not receive an invitation to the NATO Membership Action Plan.