Poroshenko calls for keeping doors of EU, NATO open for Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on partners to keep the doors of the European Union and NATO open for Ukraine.
"Keep your doors open for Ukraine – whether the EU or NATO. The greatest security gains come from enlargement and transformation, not from stepping back and maintaining the status quo," he said at the 54th Munich Security Conference on Friday, the presidential press service reports.
Read alsoPoroshenko: "Russian world" turns everything it touches into ruin and declinePoroshenko also urged to strengthen Ukraine's resilience through internal reforms and external support.
"Remember that there is no other country in the world that has been delivering on both tracks simultaneously – countering aggression and implementing the biggest reforms in the history of our country. We will keep up the momentum of reforms this year, including my demand for establishment of a special anti-corruption court," he stressed.
Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine's progress so far would not be possible without assistance of its partners. "But, we could multiply our reform achievements, including by means of such initiatives as the European plan for Ukraine," he added.
The president also urged to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities. "We are not claiming the territory of our neighbor, but we are protecting our soil. Ukraine's enhanced defense potential would raise the costs of Russian aggression. In the face of such a strong deterrent, Moscow will think twice before launching any new offensives," Poroshenko stressed.