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Ukrainian president signs law to resume course towards NATO

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he had signed the law on the resumption of Ukraine's course towards joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

"From now on, the course towards Ukraine's NATO membership is clearly defined as one of the key factors of Ukraine's state policy," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

He pledged to intensify efforts on reforming Ukraine's security and defence sectors to meet criteria for joining the alliance.

However, some local experts doubt that Ukraine has prospects to gain NATO membership anytime soon as the country does not meet either military or political, economic and legal criteria for it.

"We must work hard to remove the obstacles for the NATO membership, and it means a need for reforms, a need for fighting corruption and changing the judicial system," said Borys Tarasyuk, the former head of Ukraine's mission to NATO.

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