Based on data from the Ukrainian parliament the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in the first reading the draft law on amending the country’s constitution.
The changes, in support of which 311 deputies voted, concern Ukraine’s strategic course on Ukraine’s membership to the European Union and NATO. Twenty-one deputies voted against, three abstained, and 16 did not vote. In total, 351 people participated in the meeting; the rest were not registered in time for the meeting.
The document proclaims the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine, as explained in the explanatory notes in the document. It also solidifies the “civic choice” of the country’s citizens who give preference to their “European identity.”
Amendments to the fundamental law of the country were prepared based on the instructions of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. The head of state explained that this is necessary in order to demonstrate the seriousness of Ukraine’s intentions to its international partners, as well as in order to prevent a resurgence of “anti-European political forces.”
The Constitutional Court of the Republic approved the bill on Kyiv’s aspirations to NATO and the EU.
Ukraine’s desire to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union is also confirmed based on the law of the country’s national security. Poroshenko signed this law at the end of July. While introducing the law, the President of Ukraine said that Ukrainians “have decided on their future- in the circle of European nations.”