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Ukraine makes it official: Nation will abandon plans to join NATO

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May 28, 2010, 12:17 a.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters

Ukraine on Thursday formally buried pursuit of NATO membership as an aim, its foreign minister declaring the issue had been taken off the policy agenda.

Reuters

Ukraine on Thursday formally buried pursuit of NATO membership as an aim, its foreign minister declaring the issue had been taken off the policy agenda. It was the most clear-cut statement by the new leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych that the issue was a dead letter in Ukraine for the conceivable future.

“Ukraine will continue developing its relations with the alliance, but the question of membership is now being removed from the agenda,” the foreign minister, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

“This corresponds to the way things are today,” he added in comments to a foreign policy coordination meeting.

Yanukovych himself was separately quoted as saying by Interfax in the Western city of Lviv: “Entry into NATO is not realistic for our country today.”
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Anonymous May 28, 2010, 12:47 p.m.    

The "Little Russians" remove NATO membership from the political agenda today.

Tommorrow, the Ukrainians will put it back on the agenda, and this time will move swiftly to ratify it.

That's democracy.

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Anonymous May 28, 2010, 7:57 p.m.    

What surprise. But it really does not matter. Soon NATO will go the way of the Warsaw Pact. Besides my beloved Ukrainia made the decision to have union with Russia and put away the orange revolution. No NATO, No EU just USSReunion. Soon ukrainia will become a client state of Russia. with no future elections, except for the ones that Vlad the Putin decides. Welcome to the Brave New World. Is it any wonder why western gianys like HP and MicroSoft are pulling out. But afterall that is what ukrainians voted for, no more trouble with Moscow. Well they got but a small price tag came along with it, or did nobody tell you about that part.

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Anonymous May 28, 2010, 9:58 p.m.    

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Anonymous May 28, 2010, 8:27 p.m.    

The decision not to join NATzO was made by the Ukraine people during the times of orange servitude to their US masters. This is why over 65% of the Ukraine people were AGAINST joining the warmongering alliance and the orange selloffs didn't dare conduct public referendum regarding this most important issue, but like any petty US-supported dictators were negotiating on their oun without the aproval of the Ukraine people.

The fact that the Ukraine people are AGAINST NATzO is deeply embarrassing for the brain dead oranges and their NATzO pipe dream. Time for Yanukovych to conduct public referendum and be over with it once and for all, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous June 4, 2010, 5:09 a.m.    

With very strong opposition from Germany and France, Ukraine didn’t really have a chance to become a NATO member.

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