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Poroshenko to submit amendment to Constitution on Ukraine's integration to EU, NATO

Source : 112 Ukraine

As the President of Ukraine explained, there is a threat of revision of the European and North Atlantic strategy under the influence of various external and internal conditions.
14:04, 28 June 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s President, announced the intention to submit to the Ukrainian Parliament an amendment to the Constitution concerning the consolidation of Ukraine’s integration in the EU and NATO. He said it delivering a speech dedicated to the Day of Constitution near the monument to Pylyp Orlyk (a Zaporozhian Cossack starshyna, Hetman of Ukraine in exile, diplomat, secretary and close associate of Hetman Ivan Mazepa, - ed.) in Kyiv, as 112 Ukraine reports.

“In the nearest future I will submit a draft amendment to the Constitution, which will consolidate Ukraine’s integration in the European Union and NATO,” the Head of the State noted.

As Poroshenko explained, there is a threat of revision of the European and North Atlantic strategy under the influence of various external and internal conditions.

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“More and more politicians want to doubt our precise European course and some critics point out a need to return to the East. So that nobody would “deviate”, I am convinced that this (Ukraine’s integration in the EU and NATO, - ed.) should be documented in the Ukrainian Constitution,” the President said.

According to him, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has a political will to make this decision.

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“I strongly believe that there is a possibility to gather 300 votes for such an important decision in the current composition of the Verkhovna Rada,” he stressed.

Earlier, Poroshenko called the current Constitution one of the most significant democratic legal documents and called for not changing it for certain individuals. He stressed that the important “amendments to the Constitution should mature not to look precocious”.

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