#AceWorldNews – KIEV:Dec.23 – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Tuesday to renounce the country’s non-aligned status in a move that paves the way for Kiev’s NATO membership bid.
The law, proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, was backed by 303 lawmakers, 77 more than the minimum required. The lawmakers considered a total of four similar bills.
All of these bills envisage “the abandonment of the non-bloc status and the return towards NATO rapprochement what will significantly increase Ukraine’s positions in defense.”
Last week, Poroshenko said the refusal to join NATO in 2010 was the “biggest mistake of the former Ukrainian leadership.”
He also said the decision on the issue should be taken during an all-Ukrainian referendum.