Ukraine will become a member of the EU and NATO, but not in 2018 – Poroshenko
Ukraine’s membership in the European Union and NATO membership remains a strategic goal of the state, but it is the prospect of 2018.
This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in the column for the special edition of the newspaper “Novoye Vremya” and “The Economist the World”, published on 6 January, Interfax-Ukraine.
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“Membership in EU and NATO membership, of course, remain our strategic goal. Because this perspective is clearly not in 2018 and not our business, as the Scripture says, to know times and seasons, let me just say that I firmly believe in its realism,” said Poroshenko.
According to the President, the Association agreement with the EU is “a road map further fundamental changes that will bring Ukraine closer to the Copenhagen criteria for membership in the prestigious Union of the world.”
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“During the Eastern partnership summit, I outlined the contours of further intermediate steps. It’s Association with the Schengen area accession to the Customs Union of the EU, Energy Union, the EU and the Single digital market. Sectoral integration will actually make the Eastern border of the country to the borders of the EU before we are de jure join the EU”, – stressed the head of state.
Recall that in September 2017 was carried out a survey of citizens in seven countries of the EU on Ukraine’s accession to the EU and NATO. The biggest support for the idea of Ukraine’s accession to the EU, in Lithuania and Poland (68% and 67%, respectively), and lowest in the Netherlands (27%).
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