World Bulletin/News Desk
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he had decided his country should set out on a course towards Euro-Atlantic security integration, and would press for that in parliament soon.
Poroshenko, who was speaking on a visit to NATO member Poland, did not mention the U.S.-led military alliance by name, but his comments are nevertheless likely to anger Moscow, which has said Ukraine's accession would threaten its own security.
"Today in this chamber I have taken the decision that my country will return to the course towards integration with the sphere of Euro-Atlantic security," Poroshenko said, through a translator, in an address to the Polish parliament.
"Hence, upon my return, I will file a motion to the Ukrainian parliament to reject the non-aligned status of my country."
Any application for Ukraine to join NATO would have to be approved by the 28 existing members -- many of which, especially in western Europe, are opposed -- and in any case it would take Kiev many years before it could meet NATO criteria.
Yanukovich was ousted by street protests earlier this year and replaced by pro-Western leaders.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2014, 16:54