With 334 votes, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the presidential bill on the consolidation of the course towards Ukraine's membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance in the Constitution of Ukraine.
President Petro Poroshenko called this day historic: “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”.
The President 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,” the President emphasized.
The Head of State 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,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State highlighted the role of the Verkhovna Rada 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.
The President stressed that “the developments in the Verkhovna Rada are very closely monitored in the Kremlin”.
“Dream on! You will not rejoice today. And the Verkhovna Rada today will demonstrate the unity that has been demonstrated over the last four years,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.