Kiev hopes for a rapprochement with NATO after the implementation of the Association agreement

© AFP 2017 / Vasily MaximovВид on Khreschatyk street in Kiev, Ukraine. Archival photoKiev hopes for a rapprochement with NATO after the implementation of the Association agreement© 2017 AFP / Vasily Maximov

The implementation of the Association agreement with the European Union will help Ukraine to action Plan on membership in NATO, said Friday the Vice-Prime Minister of the country Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze.

Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an interview with German newspaper Berliner Morgenрost said he intends to hold a referendum on their country’s accession to NATO.

«The implementation of the Association agreement (between Ukraine and the EU — ed.) will help us to be more ready to apply for a Plan of action for membership and term of membership application,» said klympush-Tsintsadze journalists on Friday.

According to her, Ukraine has not yet drawn the action Plan for membership, however, leads military and other standards in line with NATO standards.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014, amended the two laws, abandoning non-aligned status of the state. The new military doctrine of the country stipulates the renewal rate in NATO: Ukraine by 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its armed forces with those of NATO countries. In mid-December 2015 during Poroshenko’s visit to Brussels was signed a roadmap between Ukraine and NATO «on military-technical cooperation.»

According to former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance, it will need to fulfil a number of criteria, the implementation of which will take a lot of time. While NATO does not accept countries that have territorial disputes, and Ukraine claims to the Crimea, which became part of Russia following a referendum in March 2014.

Kiev hopes for a rapprochement with NATO after the implementation of the Association agreement© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobacteria NATO expansion

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