Russian Deputy Hails NATO's Decision To Deny Ukraine, Georgia Entry Into Membership Action Plan

MOSCOW, Russia -- The State Duma's foreign affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev has said he is satisfied with a decision taken by foreign ministers from NATO member-nations in Brussels on Tuesday not to offer Ukraine and Georgia the Alliance's Membership Action Plan (MAP).

Russian Duma foreign affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev.

"Neither Ukraine nor Georgia managed to secure the adoption of their desired decision. The U.S. was the only party that supported the aspirations of Ukraine and Georgia while the overwhelming majority of NATO member-countries, including the Alliance's founders - France, Germany, Italy and a number of other nations - did not allow these two countries to join [NATO's] MAP," Kosachev told journalists on Wednesday.

This decision backed by a majority of the Alliance's member-states was quite predictable, he added.

"Minds within NATO are getting sober again because Ukraine and Georgia, in the event of their membership in the Alliance, would not help solve most existing problems, but they would only aggravate them," the deputy said.

Kosachev said he is convinced that Washington's support of Ukraine and Georgia's NATO aspirations will not be able to considerably influence the opinion of most NATO member-countries in the future.

Source: Kyiv Post

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Ukemonde said…
Russia keeps thinking up it's own past history and is confused with world history as well. Not sure what this Konstantin Kosachev is talking about " majority of NATO member-countries, including the Alliance's founders France, Germany, Italy and a number of other nations - did not allow these two countries to join [NATO's] MAP," ?????
As for NATO the Treaty of Brussels, signed on 17 March 1948 by Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom is considered the precursor to the NATO agreement. The treaty and the Soviet Berlin Blockade led to the creation of the Western European Union's Defense Organization in September 1948.[6] However, participation of the United States was thought necessary in order to counter the military power of the USSR, and therefore talks for a new military alliance began almost immediately.
These talks resulted in the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed in Washington, D.C. on 4 April
1949. It included the five Treaty of Brussels states, as well as the United States, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Support for the Treaty was not unanimous; Iceland suffered an anti-NATO riot in March 1949. Three years later, on 18 February 1952, Greece and Turkey also joined.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO