The NATO meeting with Ukraine was accompanied by the universal recognition of its aspirations to membership, President Petro Poroshenko stated while commenting on the results of his participation in the NATO summit in Brussels, Radio Liberty reports.
"Every leader of 19 member sates took the floor and stated that the support for Ukraine should mean the acceleration of Ukraine’s membership prospect. I believe that it demonstrates their attitude towards Ukraine and the policy of open doors," Poroshenko says, pointing to the summit's final declaration.
"Someone told us that we had been blocked, would be blocked... I frankly emphasize that the conclusions of the summit confirm that NATO's doors are open to Ukraine," the President said, adding that no one can block this process.
At the same time, Poroshenko noted that Ukrainians need to "change the country,” to make reforms, to provide interoperability and to ensure the transition to NATO standards of defense and security. In the final declaration of the NATO summit in Brussels, released on July 11, the Alliance noted that NATO stands by the decision of the Bucharest summit that Ukraine would become a NATO member one day.
On February 28, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that he was considering spelling out Ukraine's aspiration to join the EU and NATO in the Constitution of Ukraine.
According to him, the striving for membership in the European Union and NATO could be fixed in the preamble to the Constitution, for which sufficient support by the two-thirds of the Verkhovna Rada’s constitutional composition is required.