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NATO Secretary General: Russian ships are no obstacle for Ukraine’s entering the Alliance2010-04-23 14:32
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has stated that the Black Sea Treaty signed between Russia and Ukraine, according to which the term of the Russian sailors' stay in Crimea has been prolonged for 25 years, will not prevent Ukraine from becoming a member of the alliance, GHN reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"This is a bilateral agreement that is not going to influence our relationship both with Ukraine and Russia, - he underlined. - The treaty does not affect Ukraine's potential capability of joining NATO".
According to Rasmussen, NATO position remained unchanged after 2008 when it was stated at the summit in Bucharest that Ukraine and Georgia will possibly become members of the alliance in future. "We underlined that Ukraine and Georgia will become NATO members if they want it and if they meet the necessary criteria. This is going to be our final position", - he said.
As is known, according to NATO's official regulations, the North-Atlantic Alliance cannot admit the countries, in which territories other states' troops are located.