Co-chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the parliament, Oleksandr Vilkul, answering journalists' question about the foreign policy course of the country, said, "The course in NATO is well at the slogans level. Only NATO Secretary General says that Ukraine now has no chances to enter the bloc. You can hold referendums, you can insert it into your political programs, but, in fact, all of these are unrealistic things. We offer an understandable clear alternative. If Ukraine had gone this route earlier, it probably would have been better. From our country, it is possible to make Eastern European Switzerland - a neutral country, where our strong army guarantees security, when security is guaranteed by multilateral and bilateral international treaties. This is a variant of Switzerland, a variant of Finland, a variant of Austria, there are many such options in the world. This is realistic."
In particular, Vilkul cited the example of Austria. "There were four zones of occupation: Soviet, French, American, and English in Austria, until 1955. In addition, by the consensus of the normal existence of the state of Austria, neutrality was chosen in the Constitution," he said.
Vilkul stressed that Ukraine should have a strong army, a contract army, without recruitment, and it must be financed qualitatively.
Asked by journalists about the need to hold a referendum on Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO, Vilkul said, "Instead of dreaming for 20, 30, 40 years ahead, let's still engage in economics and do so that people live with us normally already now, that there was food, there was work. This should be the first priority."
Earlier, Oleksandr Vilkul noted that Ukraine should cease to be an eternal platform for conflicts of major geopolitical players. He also stressed that the non-aligned status and the policy of non-participation in military alliances and blocs do not mean a desire for isolation from the rest of the world. For example, despite the non-aligned status of Switzerland, the headquarters of most international organizations are located in the country: the European Office of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, etc.
It should be reminded that in Strasbourg and Brussels during meetings with European politicians and the leadership of the European Parliament, Oleksandr Vilkul systematically defended the importance of a pragmatic approach to foreign policy issues in Ukraine.