Ukraine will not be granted NATO membership anytime soon, and therefore it should be preparing to join the alliance in the future, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has said.
"Everyone perfectly understands that at the present stage, even if we submit a bid to NATO, I don't think the member-states will vote unanimously. I profess the following principle: never beg, especially when you know they won't give," Yatsenyuk said at the 8th Kiev Security Forum on May 28.
Ukraine needs to be taking "very clear and concrete actions" on the way toward NATO membership, Yatsenyuk said. "We have four trust funds together with NATO. We need to use all assistance provided within the framework of these funds. We have a clear plan how to comply with the standards that serve as a precondition for NATO membership. We need to hold a referendum […] After all, we have the goal," he said.
"Sooner or later, we will become a member of the alliance, as well as an EU member; after all, we talk about the security of Ukraine and of the world as a whole. And Russia will never have the right to veto our sovereign right [to be] a European state and an alliance member," Yatsenyuk said.
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