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Kremlin - Possible NATO membership for Ukraine won't boost stability

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that Ukraine’s potential membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would not boost stability and security in Europe.

Ukraine and NATO will begin discussions on a roadmap to get Ukraine into NATO, with Kiev pledging to make the necessary reforms by 2020, President Petro Poroshenko said earlier on Monday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also commented on a statement from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who said Russia had to withdraw thousands of its troops from Ukraine. Peskov said Russia did not have any troops in Ukraine.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Writing by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn