3 September 2015, Thursday, 11:54

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Ukraine sets course for NATO membership

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A bill on canceling Ukraine's non-bloc status was sent to the parliament.

The cabinet of ministers sent the Verkhovna Rada a bill on cancelling Ukraine's non-bloc status and resuming the country's course for NATO membership. The statement was made by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a meeting of the government. “The government of Ukraine has submitted a bill to the parliament to cancel the non-bloc status of Ukraine and resume Ukraine's course for NATO membership,” he said.

Yatsenyuk says the bill sets membership in the European Union as “Ukraine's main and only aim”. “The bill forbids Ukraine to join any other economic, political and military unions that would prevent the country from joining the EU. If passed, the law would forbid Ukraine to become a member of the Customs Union, the Eurasian Union and other so called 'unions' that are in fact nothing else than the Soviet Union of the Russian Federation,” Yatsenyuk said.

“We urge the president of Ukraine to give the bill the urgent status, in accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defence Council, and urge the Ukrainian parliament to consider it immediately,” the PM said.

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