"We respect the decision of the Ukrainian parliament. Ukraine is an independent and sovereign state and it alone decides on its own foreign policy. As agreed at the Bucharest summit in 2008, our doors are open, and Ukraine will become a member of NATO if it applies for it, adheres to the standards and the necessary principles," NATO says.
The North Atlantic Alliance noted that if Ukraine decides to apply for NATO membership it "will assess its readiness to join the Alliance in the same way as we do with any candidate."
Earlier today, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the presidential law "On amending certain laws of Ukraine on Ukraine's renouncing of implementing the policy of non-alignment" (#1014-3). The decision was voted for by 303 deputies out of 369 registered in the session hall.
According to the law, Article 6 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Fundamentals of the National Security of Ukraine" establishes that among the priorities of national interest are integration of Ukraine into the European political, economic, legal space with the purpose of obtaining membership in the European Union, and Euro-Atlantic security; development of equal and mutually beneficial relations with other countries in the interests of Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko welcomed the adoption of the Law "On amending certain laws of Ukraine on Ukraine's renouncing of implementing the policy of non-alignment."
"European and Euro-Atlantic integration is a path for Ukraine that has no alternatives. Glory to Ukraine!" the president said.