Ukraine aims to put the NATO membership aspirations in its main law, the constitution. President Petro Poroshenko said this during his meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, which took place on Thursday. The Alliance also officially confirmed Ukraine's aspirations in this direction.
The NATO leader, in turn, urged Russia to stop supporting armed mercenaries in Donbas and withdraw its regular troops from these territories. He also said the Alliance supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He condemned the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Stoltenberg also marked that the only way to settle the conflict in Donbas is to abide by Minsk agreements.
As it was reported earlier, Poroshenko announced that Ukraine is going to reach NATO standards by 2020 and for this purpose, it introduces an annual national program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). He added that he hopes for NATO’s practical assistance to Ukraine upon the results of the summit.
In addition, the participants of NATO Summit in Brussels adopted a declaration which officially confirms Ukraine’s aspirations to the membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. NATO member states realize the interest in expanding the opportunities within the initiative of compatibility of the cooperation.