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Ukraine’s accession to NATO not on agenda – presidential candidate

April 02, 2014, 15:13 UTC+3 BERLIN

Petro Poroshenko feels there is no unity inside the NATO on the issue of Ukraine's accession to the alliance

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A woman protesting against plans of Ukraine's accession to NATO in Donetsk

A woman protesting against plans of Ukraine's accession to NATO in Donetsk

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BERLIN, April 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian businessman Petro Poroshenko, who is running for president, said Ukraine’s accession to the NATO is not on the agenda.

“Membership in the NATO depends on the alliance itself. We feel there is no unity on the issue inside the NATO,” Poroshenko said in an interview with Germany’s Bild daily on Wednesday.

“If I’m elected president, I’d like to hold talks with our neighbours regarding creation of new alliances to ensure security,” he said.

In 2009-2010 Poroshenko, the founder of Roshen Confectionery Corporation, one of the biggest confectionery producers in the world, was Ukraine’s foreign minister in Yulia Tymoshenko-led government.

He was head of the parliament’s committee for the budget and the committee for finances and banking activity.

In February-September 2005 Poroshenko was secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and the Defense Council.

Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for May 25.

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