Petro Poroshenko: We got used to being part of NATO summits but now we have not been invited for 2 years

Ukraine has been in a participant in NATO summits since September 2014, and thanks to the proactivity of the former administration, we were able to overcome the embargo placed on the supply of weapons neede to deter Russian aggression. This was stated by the fifth President and leader of the “European Solidarity” party Petro Poroshenko in an interview with the volunteer-run radio station “Trident FM” in the Donetsk region. He added that a strong army and NATO membership would be a guarantee of security for Ukraine.

“What does security for Ukraine look like? Army and NATO membership. You knew better than I what can be achieved by the army. We have not yet approved the State Defence Order. The army still has not received modern weaponry. I have the right to state this, because today I visited two battalions. We installed a state-of-the-art surveillance system that is saving lives. But we are in serious problems now that the army is apparently no longer a priority,” Poroshenko warned.

“And the key to fixing this is NATO membership. We got used to being part of NATO summits under Poroshenko, from August to September 2014, Ukraine was a full participant at the NATO summits. As a result of this, we were able to lift the embargo on the supply of dual use supplies and weaponry. We finally started to receive lethal weapons. From Yavarov to the SSO, our partners worked to teach us how to beat the Russians in hybrid warfare. This was a win-win situation. And all this was made possible by NATO countries,” Poroshenko reminded.

“In these circumstances, when NATO is so important to us, who can NATO hold summits without us? This has become the norm. This is now the second NATO summit in two years which has taken place without us. We were not invited,” Petro Poroshenko stated.

“And now there are two weeks before the summit, and we have still not been invited. They are already discussing things there and they say to us: ‘you will not be invited,’ said Poroshenko.

“It is impossible for someone else to decide things for our country, for our security,” the fifth President summed up.