The EU and NATO are important vectors, but we have to rely on our own strengths

10:21 10.07.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says her party supports Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO, but Ukrainians must rely on their own strengths to solve domestic problems.

“Ukraine is part of Western European civilization, and we, as the Ukrainian people, have long sought to be part of the European Union, and Batkivshchyna supports this too,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Svoboda Slova” on ICTV.

Speaking about NATO membership, the parliamentarian stressed that Ukraine “needs a global security system like NATO.”

“As prime minister of Ukraine, I personally signed the appeal to NATO for a membership action plan. And we believe that if we had joined NATO when we gave up our nuclear weapons there would be no war today in Ukraine and our borders would be secure,” she said.

At the same time, Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that Ukraine still has not been given a clear understanding of its prospects of NATO and EU membership, and therefore “we can’t stand still waiting, we must use our own resources and strength to build the country.”

“We must rely on ourselves, build our own defense system, strengthen our army, conduct proper diplomatic negotiations and return to the guarantees of the Budapest memorandum,” she said.

Answering a question about what can be expected from the upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yulia Tymoshenko said that “Ukraine shouldn’t expect any surprises” because the US position on Ukraine is consistent.

“We have statements from the US State Department that the US does not recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation and that they will not remove sanctions, that they will support Ukraine and fight Russian aggression together,” the parliamentarian said.