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Ukraine has no immediate plans of joining NATO - Poroshenko

16.03.2015 16:24

"I don't think it makes any sense discussing this matter right now… It's not a top priority for us. We should concentrate on reforms, do our homework here," Petro Poroshenko said on Monday. He considers it necessary to put the issue of the country's NATO membership to a nationwide referendum.

The Ukrainian leader also called to boycott the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia: "As long as Russian military units remain on Ukrainian territory, holding the World Cup there is absolutely unthinkable."

Poroshenko on his official visit in Germany is expected to meet with Merkel, President Joachim Gauck and parliamentary speaker Norbert Lammert on Monday. According to Steffen Seibert, German government spokesman, Poroshrnko's consultations with Angela Merkel will focus on the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements and Ukrainian reforms.

Kiev, US and EU have accused Russia of interfering with Ukraine's internal affairs. Moscow has denied the accusations, saying Russia is not involved in Donbas conflict and seeks an early end to Ukraine's political and economic crisis.