Yushchenko, Tymoshenko, Yatsenyuk Move Closer to NATO
Ukraine’s President, Prime Minister, and Parliament Speaker have sent a joint letter to NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer applying for the Membership Action Plan, a stepping stone toward joining the organization.
We hope that the progress attained by Ukraine in the framework of the Intensified Dialogue on membership issues and related reform will, in the near term, be recognized by the Alliance. Today, Ukraine is interested in acceding to the NATO Membership Action Plan.The Party of Regions strongly opposes the move, which comes amid a visit by Richard Lugar, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
We expect that the readiness level of our country to assume new commitments will be the basis for an affirmative response at the next Ukraine-NATO Summit in Bucharest in April 2008.