At press conference on friday, the Vice Prime Minister for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyrya stressed that Ukraine’s accedence to NATO to be decided only on the basis of all-Ukrainian referendum, according to the government’s press-office.

“A final decision on accedence to NATO will be taken only after consultations with the Ukrainian people,” Hryhoriy Nemyrya told journalists.

“Joining the NATO Membership Action Plan doesn’t mean membership,” Hryhoriy Nemyrya emphasized.

This week President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Arseniy Yatsenyuk have sent a letter to NATO Secretary General saying that Ukraine expects joining the NATO Membership Action Plan during the Ukraine-NATO Summit in Bucharest April 2008.