Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he wants to hold a referendum on his conflict-torn country joining NATO.

 

He said 54 percent of Ukrainians now favored membership, up from 16 percent four years ago, speaking with the Berliner Morgenpost and other regional daily newspapers.

 

“As president, I have to follow the will of the people and will organise a referendum on the question of NATO accession,” he said, without giving a timeline.

 

“And if Ukrainians vote for it, I will do everything for a membership in the Atlantic alliance,” he added, reiterating Kiev’s previously stated wish to join NATO.

 

 

 

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