NATO's Door Remains Open To Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has said it will remain open to Ukraine after the country's decision to shelve its membership bid.

NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's doors "remain open," despite the Ukrainian parliament's approval of a bill preventing the country from joining NATO. The move was widely seen as further evidence the new government in Kyiv is overturning the previous government's pro-Western policies.

The draft law is expected to be signed by Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych in the weeks to come. The bill excludes the goal of integration into Euro-Atlantic security and NATO membership.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO would take no decision to reverse the Bucharest agreement, welcoming membership for both Ukraine and Georgia.

"The Bucharest decision still stands. We have no intention to change that decision….our door remains open," Rasmussen said.

But the NATO chief also stressed the organization is voluntary.

"It's for each individual country in Europe to decide its alliance affiliation, which means that it's also for Ukraine to decide how its relationship with NATO should develop in the coming years," Rasmussen added.

Ukraine's decision to shelve its plans to join NATO was crafted by the president himself. The parliamentary bill commits Ukraine to "a non-bloc policy which means non-participation in military-political alliances."

But NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that does not mean NATO's cooperation with Ukraine is over. He confirmed the Ukrainian Defense Minister would be participating in an upcoming NATO-Ukraine meeting.

"Our cooperation with Ukraine will continue within the existing framework and then it's for Ukraine to decide how this relationship and partnership should develop in the coming years."

Earlier this week, officials from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe expressed concern about media censorship and physical attacks on journalists in Ukraine - charges Viktor Yanukovych's government denies.

In Brussels, NATO officials publicly insist Ukraine makes its own decisions, and is welcome to join the alliance should it change its mind. But there is still lingering concern that Ukraine is drifting away from Europe, in an effort to get closer to Moscow.

Source: B92

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wesley rodgers said…
CLOSING DOOR ON NATO IS UNCALLED
FOR!!

BAD DIPLOMACY CREDIBILITY ON LINE!!
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IF UKRAINE PRESIDENT VICTOR YABNUKOVICH DID NOT WANT TO FORM
ANY FORMAL RELATIONS WITH NATO THAT IS FINE AND MOST COUNTRIES WOULD HAVE SAID THANK YOU--BUT-NO THANK YOU AT LEAST NOT NOW.!!

BUT WHAT HE HAS DONE IS TO SYSTEMATICALLY AND IN AN UNDIPLOMATIC WAY SAY--WE DO NOT NEED YOU AND DO NOT WANT YOU!!

NATO, HAS ITS IMPERFECTIONS BUT SO DO MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND COUNTRIES.
BUT NATO HAS ALSO DONE A LOT OF GOOD IN EASTERN EUROPE ESPECIALLY
AND THE NEED TO PASS A FORMAL LAW MAKING IT BASICALLY ILLEGAL TO HAVE ANY RELATION WITH NATO IS NOT A GOOD MOVE AS IT IS ALLIGNED WITH MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHO WANT PEACE AND
BALANCE IN EUROPE!!
THE WAY THIS HAS SBEEN HANDLED IS HIGHLY UNDIPLOMATIC AND IT MAKES FOR BAD RELATIONS!!

AND ALTHOUGH IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO
FORM BETTER TIES AND RELATIONSHIPS
WITH RUSSIA IT IS A MEASURE WHICH DID NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN AND YANUKOVICH IS NOW BASICALLY SAYING THAT UKRAINE DOES NOT AND NEVER WILL NEED NATO.

SHAME ON HIM!!!

REMEMBER EVEN SEAN CONNERY--007
LEARNED THE HARD WAY THAT "NEVER SAY NEVER" IS THE BEST WAY TO GO.~!!HE FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY AND SO WILL YANUKOVICH!!

AND PRESIDENT YANUKOVICH IS NOT 007!!
HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE WHO WAS BEING THREATENED BY LIVE ICBM MISSLE ATTACKS FROM RUSSIA LESS THAN A YEAR AGO JUST BECAUSE UKRAINE WANTED TO BE NATO MEMBER!!!

ANY PRESIDENT WHO TAKES SUCH AS STRONG SIDE WITH A COUNTRY WHO HAD THREATENED HIS PEOPLE AND COUNTRY WITH MISSLE ATTACKS AFTER A NEIGHBORING COUNTRY--GEORGIA WAS ATTACKED HAS TO HAVE HIS CREDIBILITY QUESTIONED REGARDING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY.
WHAT NEXT????
THREATS OF MISSLE ATTACKS ARE A STEP AWY FROM ALL OUT WAR.

YANUKOVICH NOW NEEDS TO THINK OVER
HIS PSYCHOLOGY FOR SUCH A RADICAL DECISION.

HE WILL NEED NATO SOME DAY AND HE MAY WELL HAVE TRAPPED HIS COUNTRY DIPLOMATICALLY INTO A
QUAGMIRE.

AS FOR ANY CURTAILMENT OF MEDIA COVERAGE OF UKRAINE THE NEW PRESIDSENT IS NOW PLAYING WITH
HIS COUNTRYS DESTINY.

POWER CAN BE A DANGEROUS THING.
WES RODGERS newsman007
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west-paatriot@msn.com
COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!!