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Condoleezza Rice: a “long road” to NATO for Georgia and Ukraine

2008-12-02 11:40

Georgia and Ukraine should meet the necessary requirements to become NATO members, stated Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, after meeting with David Miliband, British Foreign Minister, Ukrinform informs alluding to the US Department of State press service.


"We believe strongly in NATO's open-door policy that states that are prepared for NATO membership and can assume the responsibilities therein should be welcomed into the organisation. But there is a long road ahead for both Georgia and Ukraine to reach those standards. ", - Condoleezza Rice underlined.

Nevertheless, as she spoke of the declaration adopted in Bucharest in April 2008, the US Secretary of State pointed out that the member countries stated clearly: "Georgia and Ukraine will be members of NATO". Special committees: Ukraine-NATO and Georgia-NATO must serve the tools to prepare these two countries for membership.

Condoleezza Rice expressed hope for constructive discussion in Brussels and mentioned that only differences in tactics concerning this issue can exist between NATO member countries. "No one wants to see a circumstance in which Ukraine and Georgia are shut out ", - she concluded.


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