Russia criticizes NATO pledge to Ukraine, Georgia

15:47, 03 April 2008
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Nothing will change, Russia`s envoy to NATO believes

A Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday the entry of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO would be a "huge strategic mistake" after alliance leaders pledged to offer them membership one day, according to Reuters.

But in a less strident reaction, Russia`s envoy to NATO said a decision by the alliance to review the progress of the two former Soviet republics again in December would change nothing.

NATO leaders failed to offer Ukraine and Georgia a Membership Action Plan (MAP)-- a gateway to possible entry -- at a summit in Bucharest on Wednesday, but agreed on Thursday to let them join the defense alliance one day.

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