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NATO Secretary General admitted: neither Ukraine nor Georgia are ready to join the Alliance2009-07-21 14:11
Ukraine and Georgia are not ready to join NATO now and are unlikely to be in the nearest future, said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Alliance's Secretary General in London yesterday. This is his last visit to the capital of Great Britain as the bloc head: on August 1st he resigns due to the expiration of the 5-year term - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Every European country has a right to turn to the Alliance with a request of admission, but the desire is not everything, it is not automatic admission, the states must comply with all the demands of NATO, he underlined.
Scheffer also mentioned that domestic policy situation in Ukraine is complicated, and is not simple in Georgia as well.
Nevertheless, there are agreements between NATO and these countries, and these imply annual agreements aimed to determine the degree of mutual cooperation, the Secretary General mentioned.
It's worthy noticing that Tbilisi clearly realizes Georgia has practically no chances to join NATO in the nearest future.
In his interview to The Wall Street Journal President Mikheil Saakashvili admitted that hopes for Georgia's joining the Alliance are "almost dead".