towards NATO foresees the elimination of non-bloc status, implementation of reforms and receiving consent of the people of Ukraine as to membership in the Alliance, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined during a press conference following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Monday, December 15th.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that nine months ago, while in the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, he had said that
NATO membership is not yet "on our radars":
"The screen of this radar has entirely
changed. Today we detected on this radar Russian tanks, Russian soldiers and Russian military
boots on the Ukrainian
President of Ukraine, Prime Minister of Ukraine and Ukrainian authorities have one joint position over all national security and defense issues. It is our joint decision - to eliminate so-called non-bloc status of Ukraine that was granted to Russia by then President Yanukovych," he emphasized.
should implement reforms in the security sector, political sector, in economy, in justice, "to meet all the standards and criteria that apply to NATO member states."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also stressed that under the current Ukrainian legislation it is necessary to hold a referendum on the suggested NATO membership prospective.
order to apply and become a NATO member, it is necessary: the first issue, to approve the amendments and pave the way for membership, the second, to pass reforms to meet all NATO standards and criteria, the third, to
obtain the consent of the Ukrainian
people - and I am sure that such consent is and will be, and the fourth - not just to send an
application, but get NATO
membership", he concluded.
"If we succeed in implementing this, we will be ready to join the Alliance. This is the "road map" and we will follow this roadmap," Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
Prime Minister of Ukraine reminded the
decision of the Bucharest Summit 2008, in which "it was clearly stated that Ukraine will be a NATO
we need to implement reforms and to meet criteria. And then, it is in the interests of NATO member states to have strong Ukraine. The stronger Ukraine, the stronger NATO and NATO member