Poroshenko: Ukraine's accession to EU is matter of years, not decades

The priority for the president is the country's accession to NATO
20:41, 17 March 2018

Ukrainian News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that Ukraine's accession to the European Union is a matter of years, not decades. He stated this in an interview with German media group Funke, published today by WestdeutscheZeitung.

"In Germany, this may be unpopular, but I am absolutely sure that Ukraine will be admitted to the European Union, and this will be a matter of years, not decades. It's unlikely that any other country will show more enthusiasm for Europe than Ukraine," stressed the president.

Poroshenko is determined to continue the reforms in the country, noting that before joining the EU Ukraine must join NATO.

"I will set the course for Ukraine's accession to NATO and then to the EU. We will resolutely continue the path of reform. All experts confirm that over the past three years, Ukraine has made more progress than in the previous 25 years," the president said.

He also noted that "he himself created a special anti-corruption tribunal", and ministers can be also arrested for participation in corruption cases in the country. In his opinion, the basis for bribery and corruption in the state has been eliminated, the anti-corruption bodies have the support and confidence of international business partners, and expressed confidence that, together with European partners, Ukraine will be able to further reduce corruption in the country.

We recall, according to the poll, Ukrainians trust the European Union more than the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO).

On September 1, the Agreement on the Ukraine-EU Association came into force. It should be noted that the work on the Agreement on the Association of Ukraine and the EU took 10 years.

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