On Thursday morning, the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, with a large majority of 276 votes in favor (the quorum was set at 226) approved the application for accession of the country to NATO. In the directive examined by the parliament in Kiev, it states it wants “to take all measures to deepen ties with the Alliance, in order to fulfill the criteria to join this organization.”
A symbolic step to create a new, more advanced, iron curtain between Russia and the rest of Europe. However, Ukraine’s road to membership of the Atlantic Alliance shall be uphill.
Irina Gherashenko, a representative of the Poroshenko bloc, spoke in the debate. She said that in 2014, the referendum on accession to NATO was placed nonchalantly aside because all the polls indicated the supporters of the yes to the Western defensive block would be outnumbered.