On December 23, 2014 the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill cancelling the country's non-aligned status and confirming Kiev's determination to join NATO. Ukraine's NATO bid has prompted a mixed reaction from the alliance, with US Ambassador to Ukraine saying the country was "far from being ready" to join the bloc, urging Kiev to implement social reforms before pursuing NATO membership.
Ukraine intends to manufacture weapons in accordance with NATO standards, and the US M16 will be the first project.
French lawmaker Jacques Myard described Ukraine's bid for NATO membership as a provocation and said that Kiev does not need to join the Alliance.
Ukraine continues to ask the US for lethal weapons and cooperates with US intelligence, Petro Poroshenko said, adding that a referendum on joining NATO may occur in seven years.
Earlier in March, Zbigniew Brzezinski said that the United States should ensure that even if Ukraine joins the European Union, it will not become a member of NATO.
A political resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine will only be possible if Kiev refuses to join any military bloc, Donetsk People's Republic envoy to Ukraine Contact Group talks, Denis Pushilin, said.
President Francois Hollande underscored that Ukraine's possible NATO membership would be undesirable for France.
Ukraine received the arms from Lithuania, according to National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesperson Andriy Lysenko.
Francois Hollande states that Moscow has no military plans concerning Ukraine but does not welcome Kiev's ambition to join NATO.
Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance would lead Russia-NATO relations to a complete collapse, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday.
NATO Secretary General said that Ukraine can only submit an application for joining NATO after it conducts all the necessary reforms.
Senior US administration official said that Ukraine's membership in NATO is not being considered by the alliance.
Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General said that Ukraine's decision to scrap its non-aligned status is its sovereign right.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov stated that even the talk of Ukraine's NATO choice harms pan-European security and is intended to undermine its principal foundation.
Rada's vote to waive Ukraine's non-aligned status is a serious political step that could have dire consequences for the settlement of the crisis in the country.
Senior Russian diplomat Andrei Kelin stated that the Ukrainian parliament vote to renounce the country's non-aligned status and work toward NATO membership is an unfriendly step in regard to Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Ukraine’s passing a law on removing its non-aligned status creates an illusion that this law can settle the country’s internal crisis.
Ukraine’s parliament Verkhovna Rada passed a bill cancelling the country’s non-aligned status and confirming Kiev’s determination to join NATO.
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.