As Petro Poroshenko continues to sing the praises of the Ukrainian army as “the most powerful on the continent”, a member of the Supreme Rada held up the Ukrainian president’s statement to derision.
Petro Poroshenko’s claims that the Ukrainian army has become “the most powerful on the continent” were mocked by Vadim Rabinovich, deputy in the Supreme Rada [Note: Rabinovich is a media magnate and a 2014 candidate for president of Ukraine].
“Indeed, our army is the most powerful on the continent, I have heard it from the President and many of our senior commanders. I have a question. Tell me, please, if we have the strongest army on the continent, what good it it to join NATO? Let NATO come join us. We are the strongest,” he quipped on the 112 Ukraine television channel.No chance for Ukraine to join NATO soon, says German diplomat
In his annual speech to parliament, Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian army had regained its combat capabilities, while previously he had repeatedly announced that the Ukrainian army was “the most powerful on the continent.”
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on August 26 that his country would continue to follow the European and Euro-Atlantic routes to become a member of the EU and NATO. According to him, “some politicians inside and outside of Ukraine” do not believe in the prospect of Ukrainian membership in the EU and NATO, but he is sure that Kiev will meet the criteria sooner or later for joining these institutions. [Translator note: recently both Kurt Volker, US Special Representative, and Wolfgang Ischinger, presiding over the Munich Security conference have stated publicly that NATO membership for Ukraine is not on the horizon.]
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has also previously said that to integrate into NATO, Ukraine should meet several criteria, which would take a lot of time.
Experts say Kiev will not be eligible to join NATO in the next 20 years.