A NATO delegation, led by NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will visit Ukraine on June 16-17, a representative of the secretariat of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Grigory Nemyrya reported on Tuesday, according to Itar-Tass.Aside from meetings and talks in Kiev, the NATO delegation will visit Dnepropetrovsk, Lvov and Kharkov. Other details of the visit were not made public.

A propaganda campaign began in Ukraine late in May under the “NATO- Yes” slogan. The government adopted a special national programme, aimed at informing the public of various aspects of Euroatlantic integration for the period ending in 2011. By that time the Ukrainian leaders hope to bring the share of popular support for the joining of NATO to 55 per cent, as against the current 20 per cent. Ukraine is going to spend some six million dollars on the implementation of the programme in four years.

The prospect of Ukraine’s joining of the NATO Membership Action Plan, in order to be admitted to NATO in the future, will be discussed again in December, this year. A corresponding resolution was adopted at the NATO summit in Bucharest last April.