Ukraine can complete European integration reports in five years, says Parliament Speaker Turchynov

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said he believes Ukraine can conduct European integration reforms over a period of five years.

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said he believes Ukraine can conduct European integration reforms over a period of five years.

"We have a five-year European integration plan," the Ukrainian parliamentary press service quoted Turchynov as saying in an interview with the Baltic information agency BNS on Monday.

"Ukraine should become a member of the European Union and NATO," Turchynov said, adding that he believes it will be a guarantee against Russia's "aggressive ambitions."

Turchynov said most Ukrainians now understand that Ukraine needs to enter NATO because "it is a way to protect Ukraine."

Turchynov also said the Ukrainian parliament will ratify the association agreement with the EU in the nearest future.

"Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said the Ukrainian parliament will ratify the association agreement with the European Union in the nearest future," the parliamentary press service has reported.

The next plenary session of the Ukrainian parliament is scheduled for September 2. According to earlier reports, the parliamentarians will close the fourth session of the parliament of the seventh convocation and open the fifth session on that day.

Turchynov is on a working visit to Lithuania on August 17-19 to participate in the conference of the speakers of the parliaments of the Nordic and Baltic countries in Palanga.

At this conference, he plans to give a speech at a meeting entitled the Eastern Partnership from Vilnius to Riga.

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