President claims Ukraine can soon join NATO

18:29, 27 April 2006
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It is consistent with Ukraine`s national interests.

In Riga, Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine might soon sign a NATO membership plan, according to the President’s press-office.

“I think Ukraine will be politically invited to join the alliance before its fall summit this year,” he said.

The President said each sovereign state should independently choose its security model: “When we speak about Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic ambitions, we speak about policies that are consistent with our national interests.”

Mr. Yushchenko opined that the pace of our country’s integration with the EU and NATO greatly depended on political processes in Ukraine. He said we were observing the 2006 Ukraine-NATO Action Plan and had so far carried out more than ten programs. The Head of State added that Ukraine would take part in tomorrow’s meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries in Sofia.

In her turn, Latvia President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said they would discuss ways to re-structure and enlarge the NATO in Sofia, adding that her country would welcome Ukraine’s membership.

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