The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the U.S. Congress with a request to consider granting Kiev a status of a major ally outside NATO and to consider the possibility of concluding a bilateral defense agreement, according to the portal 112.ua.
The draft of the resolution No. 6111 supported in the environment 232 parliamentarian with the necessary minimum of 226 votes. The decree comes into force from the moment of its adoption.
“Granting Ukraine the status of the main ally outside NATO and the bilateral defence agreement between Ukraine and the USA will have a huge impact on the cessation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, deterring an aggressor and preventing the instigation of the war in Europe. It is in the interests of Ukraine, the USA, Europe and the whole world”, — the statement says Excited to the U.S. Congress.
The authors of the resolution were made by the Deputy of the faction of the Radical party Oleg Lyashko, the leader of the faction “people’s front” Maxim Burbak, the head of the Rada Committee on foreign Affairs Hanna hopko, head of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Ihor Hryniv and others.
In the explanatory note to the resolution says that Ukraine refused from nuclear weapons, signed in the early 1990-ies of the Budapest Memorandum, including as a step towards the interests of the United States and thereby made “unprecedented contribution” to reducing the threat of nuclear war.
According to the authors of the resolution, “Russia has flagrantly violated international law” when “captured and illegally annexed Crimea,” and the only “adequate response” to this step can be a “significant deepening of the bilateral partnership between Ukraine and the USA”.
The document also stated that the status of “the main partner of the United States outside NATO” is available to States that are in the world, such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and the countries who “are under the threat of military action, [such] as South Korea, Afghanistan or Israel.”
The authors of the appeal to the congressmen believe that the granting of similar status to Ukraine will have a huge influence on the “cessation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.”
In the Parliament believe that the adoption of this draft resolution will not require additional expenditures from the state budget of Ukraine.
After approval of the resolution by the Verkhovna Rada, the document will be sent to Congress by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.