(QHA) -

President Petro Poroshenko announced Dec 17 that he will soon ask parliament to abandon Ukraine's neutral "non-bloc" status, and suggested he would steer the country closer to NATO.

"Today in this chamber, I have made the decision that my country will return to the course towards integration with the sphere of Euro-Atlantic security"- Poroshenko said speaking in the Polish Parliament, adding that upon returning to Kyiv, he would "file a motion to the Ukrainian parliament to reject the nonaligned status of my country."

A law passed in 2010, under then-President Viktor Yanukovych, precludes a NATO membership bid.

Russia staunchly opposes NATO membership for Ukraine.  

Poroshenko also said his goal was for Ukraine to submit an application to join the European Union in 2020.