NATO not to consider Ukraine, Georgia applications to join MAP
"Due to difference of opinion of NATO members..."
Ukraine and Georgia will not be upgraded to further level of collaboration with NATO at the Alliance’s Summit due in Bucharest early in April.
According to Lenta.ru, NATO Secretary General’s special envoy Robert Simmons claimed this to a news conference in Moscow.
R.Simmons positively assessed the partnership between these countries and NATO. However, he noted that they cannot be allowed to join NATO MAP as yet, due to difference of opinion of NATO members.
The special envoy also stressed that nobody, except for NATO members, may veto the accedence of new members to the bloc. “On the other hand, there is no consensus on this issue among the very NATO states. Thus, this issue will not be put for consideration in Bucharest”, R.Simmons said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk sent a letter to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, officially asking to allow Ukraine’s joining NATO MAP. This letter caused the parliamentary crisis in Ukraine.