President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that full-fledged membership in the European Union and NATO will ultimately guarantee state independence, national security of Ukraine, citizens' freedom and welfare. The Head of State said this during the speech at the All-Ukrainian Public Forum "Open Dialogue".
"In 2023, when Ukraine will meet the relevant criteria, we are planning to apply for membership in the European Union and obtain the NATO Membership Action Plan,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President recalled the event that took place this week: "This event clearly outlined our strategic perspective for decades to come. From now on, the course of Ukraine for the full-scale membership in the European Union and NATO is enshrined in the Constitution and has the force not just of the law, but of the Basic Law".
The Head of State also emphasized that the number of people's deputies who voted for his initiative provided particular importance and even more legitimacy to that decision. "334 people’s deputies, from all factions, from power to opposition. Iryna Gerashchenko, as First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament, says that the number is 335, because one person was late to press the button. And each of these 335 deputies supported this extraordinary and extremely important decision for the future of Ukraine and every Ukrainian, as it is in the highest degree consistent with the national interests of Ukraine," he emphasized. "Otherwise, I would not suggest it to the Parliament," Petro Poroshenko said.
He also noted that the button "against" during the vote was pressed by the open fifth column - servants of the Kremlin.
"The idea to consolidate the strategic course for gaining full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the Constitution arose not not by chance. It is a logical interim summary of our state strategy for strengthening our state independence and reunification, return of Ukraine to the family of European nations. We have been implementing our strategy consistently for five years already," he said.
The President stressed: "Ukraine and the European Union are now closer to each other than ever before. As for NATO, I stress that no state that isn’t a member of this organization has such close relations with the Alliance as Ukraine today".
At the same time, Petro Poroshenko noted that this is not enough. "Only full membership in the European Union and NATO ultimately and irrevocably guarantees our state independence, our national security. And not only independence and security, but also freedom and welfare," he said.
"My goal is to make Ukraine a great country of free and prosperous people," the President noted.