Ukraine drops non-aligned status

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Published: Monday 29th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The Ukrainian president has signed a bill dropping his country’s non-aligned status but signalled that he will hold a referendum before seeking Nato membership.

Petro Poroshenko told a news conference he is working to reform the Ukrainian economy and its military forces to meet European Union and Nato standards, but he will leave it up to Ukrainian citizens to decide whether to join the military alliance.

Ukraine’s parliament last week abandoned the non-aligned position, and Mr Poroshenko signed that bill into the law at the news conference today.

Although Ukraine’s prospects for membership in the near term appear dim, Russia has reacted angrily to the move, calling it a threat to its own and Europe’s security.

Published: Monday 29th December 2014 by The News Editor

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