Poroshenko wants lawmakers to urgently get down to bill to end Ukraine's nonaligned status

President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday insisted that parliament give immediate consideration to a draft law to scrap Ukraine's nonaligned status.

President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday insisted that parliament give immediate consideration to a draft law to scrap Ukraine's nonaligned status.

"I have no doubt the decision on this matter will be positive," Poroshenko, who had introduced the bill to the legislature, said in addressing parliamentary chairman Volodymyr Groisman during a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.

The adoption of the nonaligned status in 2010 "was, I believe, one of the biggest mistakes of the then criminal leadership of the country," Poroshenko said.

By the bill to end this status, "I demonstrate that there is public consensus to resume Euro-Atlantic integration," he said, explaining that this didn't mean an immediate application to join NATO but would involve seeking to meet NATO and European Union criteria.

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