Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko claimed that Ukraine aims to become a NATO member state in the next ten years. He said it during the interview for Hamburger Abendblatt, which is a part of Funke Media Group media conglomerate.
“We put lots of efforts to become NATO member. Our goal is to become NATO member state,” Poroshenko said.
According to the President, with Ukraine NATO “would become more powerful and effective, than today, and NATO member states could learn from Ukraine how to stand against Russia”.
Poroshenko reminded, that Kyiv confronts pro-Russia separatists on the East since 2014, supported by the Kremlin. More than 10,000 people were murdered in the conflict.
As to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2014 Poroshenko said:
“Russia destroyed the system of the international order after WWII. There is no alternative to the powerful NATO among systems of global security”.
Poroshenko commented on Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Georgia receiving NATO aspirant status: “Now we need an action plan to become a complete NATO member. We aspire to get the action plan till the end of 2019”.
Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine aspires to fulfill all of the criteria for membership in NATO and European Commission.
“Ukrainian government allocates “up to 6%” of GDP for defense, which is four times more than some of NATO member states do,” the President said.