KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine's president says his country will be able meet conditions to apply for European Union membership within five years.
Speaking at an EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev, Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine deserves to be an integral part of the EU and that membership is a key goal for his government.
Guiding Ukraine toward integration with Europe was at the heart of the movement that culminated in last year's toppling of former President Viktor Yanukovych, who provoked anger by canceling plans to deepen trade ties with the EU.
Efforts to reform Ukraine's corruption-ridden economy to become more compliant with European standards have been slow, however, since Poroshenko came to power.
Numerous top European officials, including EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, are attending the Kiev talks.