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President Zelensky says Ukraine to join NATO after referendum

Zelensky said that first “Ukrainians have to be explained that Alliance is not something terrible”
12:53, 5 June 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, June 4, 2019
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would join NATO but only after a referendum, as he said in an interview on the air of Snidanok 1+1 from Brussels conducted in the gym at spinning classes.

Zelensky said that first “Ukrainians have to be explained that Alliance is not something terrible.”

“NATO course is the security of the country and level of our army. We have to tell Ukrainians what NATO is and this is not so terrible. When Ukrainians are ready, we will put this issue to a referendum, and Ukraine will join NATO,” President said.

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The law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on EU and NATO integration came into force on February 21.

The draft law No.9037 provides the amendments to the preamble of Ukraine's Constitution, according to which, the parliament confirms the European identity of the Ukrainian nation and irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.

Related: Zelensky's speech at NATO Headquarters

Earlier, the Parliament sent the bill on amendments to the Constitution concerning the EU, NATO integration plan with 321 votes on September 20, 2018.

According to the bill, the President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO. In its turn, the Cabinet of Ministers provides the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO.

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