The EU and NATO in the Constitution. PR before the election or strategy?

ЕС и НАТО в Конституции. Пиар перед выборами или стратегия?

Ukraine has become closer to the EU and NATO?

Parliament enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine’s course for accession to the European Union and NATO. What this means, to understand Корреспондент.net.

The Verkhovna Rada has introduced changes to the Constitution. Now about the non-alignment of Ukraine can only remember the basic Law enshrines very specific foreign policy goal of our country to the West.

Some say that it is only a beautiful slogan before the election, which does not really mean anything. Others said it was a historic choice and a fundamental decision. gathered the arguments of both sides.

The decision

For changes to the Constitution voted by 334 members, the decision was met with applause.

“It’s the irreversibility of our European choice, this is the beginning of real European integration. Ukraine will be in EU and NATO”, – said after the vote, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy.

President Petro Poroshenko also attended the vote and called the February 7, a historic day.

“Today is a historic day when the Constitution will be enshrined as foreign policy priorities of Ukraine’s movement towards EU and NATO. NATO is about security, not only military, but also about the safety of the citizen, security in the streets, the rule of law. Now the Kremlin is closely watching the actions of the Verkhovna Rada. Do not wait – do not be your joy. And today the Verkhovna Rada will demonstrate the unity that demonstrates the last 4 years”, – said Poroshenko.

According to the explanatory Memorandum, the consolidation at the constitutional level of legal certainty for Ukraine’s course towards membership in the EU and NATO will be “to mobilize Ukrainian society and Ukrainian authorities and to promote reforms aimed at achieving the criteria for full membership in EU and NATO.”

It is noted that the implementation of the law will not require additional expenditures from the budget and does not require holding a national referendum.

MPs added to the preamble of the Constitution the confirmation of the “European identity of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine” and articles of the Basic law words, that the powers of the President, the Verkhovna Rada of the Cabinet include ensuring the implementation of the course on acquiring of full membership of Ukraine in EU and NATO.


The structure that we seek, reacted to the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament are kept.

NATO stated that they recognize Ukraine’s aspirations to membership in the Alliance and stressed the need to continue the reforms.

“We recognise Ukraine’s aspirations to join the Alliance, and the solidarity between NATO and Ukraine is strong”, – said the representative of NATO.

In the Alliance assessed the very fact of enshrining a course for membership in NATO and the EU.

“We welcome the progress made in the implementation of reforms, and urge Ukraine to continue reforms. It is crucial to prosperity and peace in Ukraine and for stability in the Euro-Atlantic region”, – said in comments the representative of the Alliance.

In the European Union, said that each country has the right to change their Constitution, and reminded Ukraine about the necessity of reforms and the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU.

Chance is little

The diplomat Bohdan Yaremenko sure yet to join NATO Ukraine can not, and changes in the Constitution of the desire to join NATO are unable to affect the change in the position of those States that are not ready yet to consider the question of inviting Ukraine into the Alliance.

“It’s part of the electioneering of the President Poroshenko, which has nothing to do with the interests of Ukraine in the fields of security, defence and foreign policy. The President, the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet does not perform a substantial part of the official obligations under the annual national programme of cooperation with NATO,” – said the expert.

We have to admit that at this point the question of Ukraine’s membership in NATO is not on the agenda. As well as the question of the prospects of Ukraine’s membership in the EU.

The EU and NATO constantly emphasize less returns more specific results. The implementation of the Association Agreement, to achieve the necessary NATO standards to ensure that the state’s claim to membership was more reasonable.


For the first time in Ukraine, announced the move in NATO in 2002, but already in the summer of 2004, President Leonid Kuchma ordered to remove the relevant provision of the Military doctrine. The arrival of Viktor Yushchenko led to the recovery of the Alliance.

However, Viktor Yanukovych, as President, declared non-aligned status of Ukraine.

So much more likely to demonstrate the irreversibility of the Euro-Atlantic course, not only words, but deeds.