Poroshenko Thanks Parliament for Voting for Amendment to have Ukraine Join EU and NATO
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said of the vote: We are going our way and this is the way to Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO
Photo President Poroshenko Press Office
As reported earlier today, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to amend the Constitution to further the goals of Ukraine of joining the EU and NATO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered an impassioned speech before the vote and then spoke again after the amendment had been approved, as reported by his Press Office.
“This is the day when the movement of Ukraine to the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance will be consolidated in the Constitution as a foreign political landmark.”
Poroshenko commended the parliamentary decision and expressed confidence that the Ukrainian authorities will continue joint efforts to reform Ukraine.
“I am confident that the tasks of membership in the European Union and NATO are absolutely real. Just as we have demonstrated the achievement of other goals that few people have believed, our joint efforts will ensure Ukraine’s membership in NATO, membership in the EU. We are going our way and this is the way to Ukraine’s membership in the EU and NATO,” Poroshenko emphasized.
He also noted that “NATO’s doors are open to any country that is capable of reforming and ensuring the fulfillment of the goals of the Washington Treaty”.
“This is exactly about Ukraine. For the past five years, we have been doing that. We are reforming the defense and security sector. We are reforming the army.”
Poroshenko highlighted the role of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
“When it was difficult, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine rejected the political confrontation and united. And it is unity that Ukraine needs today, it is unity that is needed during our historic voting,” he said.
Poroshenko also stressed that “the developments in the Verkhovna Rada are very closely monitored in the Kremlin.”
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