The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament – RRT) backed Bill #6470, which fixes the foreign policy of Ukraine that sets joining NATO as a priority.
The corresponding decision was supported on Thursday June 8th by 276 deputies (out of 450).
According to the explanatory note, the new law introduces changes to the laws “On the Basics of Domestic and Foreign Policy” and “On the Fundamentals of National Security of Ukraine” that are necessary for joining the Alliance.
According to the authors of the bill, the adoption of this law will promote the expansion and deepening of Ukraine’s cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, strengthening of the national security of the country, and will also ensure the guarantee of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrey Parubiy noted that it was important for Russia that Ukraine won’t join NATO. According to him, “this, to a certain extent, led to Russian aggression.”
Member of parliament Borys Tarasyuk stressed that this law returns to its previous version, which was in the law “On the Fundamentals of the National Security of Ukraine” of June 9th, 2003.
“Finally, the Verkhovna Rada got the courage to update the course for membership in NATO without any phrases indicating that we need to acquire criteria for membership in NATO,” he stressed.