Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declares that Russia, being an aggressor state, does not have and will not have a veto on Ukraine's accession to NATO or the European Union.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Poroshenko made the statement during a Verkhovna Rada meeting, where a bill was considered in the first reading on fixing in the Constitution Ukraine's strategic course to acquire full-fledged membership in the EU and NATO.
"By fixing in the Constitution the obligatory course towards joining NATO and the European Union, we are sending a message to Moscow: we are parting completely and irrevocably," the president said in his address. "Russia, being an aggressor state, does not have and will not have a veto on our accession to either NATO or the European Union."
Poroshenko stressed that this is the sovereign right of Ukraine as a country, "which confidently walks its own path."
"We will not ask anyone's permission," the president assured.