Ukraine’s Poroshenko promises peace, EU, change in long news conference

In a live televised news conference on September 25 2014, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko promised Ukraine would apply for European Union membership ​by 2020. He also said he would sign a law to cleanse government of officials implicated in crimes and corruption, try criminal suspects in absentia, and vowed to bring in up to $40 billion in foreign direct investment​. Altogether, he spoke for  two and a half hours. The highlights:​

The plan includes more than 60 reforms aimed to make Ukraine ready to seek membership in the 28-nation bloc. The judiciary and defence system will get modernized. Priorities include fighting corruption, decentralizing government and energy independence.

“We will get membership prospective in the European Union in 2020.” Poroshenko said.

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