Ukraine amends constitution to cement EU, NATO course

Amman, Ukraine on Thursday adopted “historic” changes to its constitution, spelling out the ex-Soviet country’s aspirations to join the EU and NATO two months before a crucial presidential vote.

In a final third reading in parliament, a total of 334 lawmakers approved the amendments to the country’s basic law, with 35 voting against.

Changes to the constitution require 300 votes to pass.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who initiated the bill and is running for re-election on March 31, called the passing of the legislation a “momentous” decision.

“It’s a historic day today,” he added.

After the vote, speaker Andriy Parubiy praised “the irreversibility of our European choice.”

“Ukraine will join the EU, Ukraine will join NATO!” he added.

Source: Jordan News Agency