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Poroshenko: Ukraine could join NATO in 1-2 years, with political, public will

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Dec. 4, 2009, 12:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine could become a NATO member within a year or two as long as there is political will and public support to do so, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko has said. "I believe that with a political will and a public wish to do so, public support for politicians in charge, and a clear and right awareness policy, this [becoming a NATO member] could be accomplished within a year or two," he told journalists in Brussels on Thursday after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission held in Brussels on the sidelines of the alliance's North Atlantic Council meeting.

However, NATO membership should not be a goal in itself, Poroshenko said.

"Our goal must be conducting reforms, improving living standards. I believe that here we must do everything to improve the situation in the country rather than obtain somebody's permission for some actions," he said.
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