As Pravda.Ru reported, in September the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko claimed in the Parliament during his annual address that joining NATO is the strategic aim of Ukraine. According to him, this way is 'firm like the Pole Star in the sky'. 'Our close cooperation with the NATO member states is unprecedented, and we will rise, extend and deepen it until all the membership criteria are reached,' Poroshenko claimed.
According to the latest polls, the majority of Ukrainians would vote for membership in the Alliance in case of a referendum: 78% - for, 17% - against under 58% turnout.
However, former Secretary General of the NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that Ukraine should attain a number of criteria to join the Alliance, which would take a lot of time. According to experts, Ukraine won't be able to pretend to the NATO membership for the nearest 20 years.