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Ukraine revokes non-aligned status

President Poroshenko arrives on a visit to Poland the day he signs the relinquishment of non-aligned status. Symbol of an all-Western orientation (credit: Presid. Ukr.)
President Poroshenko arrives to visit Poland on the day he signs the abandonment of non-aligned status. Symbol of a completely Western orientation (credit: Presid. Ukr.)

(BRUSSELS2) The president Ukrainian, Petro Poroshenko, presented, this Thursday (December 18), at the Rada (the national parliament), a law Project advocating "abolition politics of non-aligned from Ukraine". Un project which will have to be examined in urgency by parliament. The objective of the law is to create an "additional mechanism » to ensure sovereignty, integrity territorial and independence of Ukraine, indicates the Ukrainian president in a press release.

« The statute non-aligned of Ukraine, registered in the law of Ukraine "On the principles for the domestic and foreign policy” s'is proven be ineffective in the context of the defense of the country against aggression and the pressure foreigner. The fact that Ukraine have been situated in The area "grey" buffer between the defense systems collective powerful for a long period is an additional challenge for our country » is it specified.

A rapprochement with NATO countries

This declaration is a first step in Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO on the one hand, and with the European Union on the other. Previously, Ukraine intends to get closer to the member countries of these two organizations, in particular its neighboring countries such as Poland and Lithuania. It is no coincidence that Poroshenko was on a state visit to Poland this Thursday. He took advantage of this stay to go to Lublin, the headquarters of the brand new joint Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian brigade.

Squad Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian operational in 2015

« This unit is not only the shining example of military cooperation and interaction of the three friendly countries. It is also a modern and reliable base for improving our military skills said Poroshenko during the visit. « The ukrainian military thus have the possibility ofimprove their military skills. This military cooperation will allow the army to evolve towards modern standards and significantly improve its combat capability ". NB: the full operationalization of this joint brigade is planned for the beginning of 2015.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).