Medvedev: Bill to Ukraine’s Non-Aligned Status Makes it Potential Adversary

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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claimed that Kiev’s decision to cancel Ukraine’s non-aligned status makes Ukraine Russia’s potential military adversary - Sputnik International
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Russian Prime Minister claims that submission of a bill to Verkhovna Rada by Ukrainian president, cancelling Ukraine’s non-aligned status, is in essence a bid to join NATO, which makes Ukraine Russia’s potential military adversary.

MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) – Kiev’s decision to cancel Ukraine’s non-aligned status makes Ukraine Russia’s potential military adversary, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated on his Facebook page.

“Ukrainian president has submitted a bill to Verkhovna Rada cancelling Ukraine’s non-aligned status. Essentially, this is a bid to join NATO, which makes Ukraine Russia’s potential military adversary,” Medvedev posted on Facebook Monday.

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Last Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted a draft law to the country’s parliament introducing changes to the Ukraine’s non-alignment policies. Poroshenko said in a statement that non-alignment had proved inefficient in country’s defense from foreign aggression.

In August, Ukraine voiced its intent to drop country’s non-aligned status and resume its course to join NATO.

Non-alignment of Ukraine was anchored in 2010 law, signed by then-president Viktor Yanukovych. The law stipulates that Ukraine does not seek membership in military-political alliances.

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