Georgia has no chance unless Ukraine joins NATO

13:24, 14 January 2008

According to Columbia University Professor Robert Legvold

“The Abkhazian conflict will not be resolved and Georgia will not be invited to NATO in the near future,” Columbia University Professor Robert Legvold said, according to PanArmenian. “I think the issue will not be discussed at the NATO summit in Bucharest. Moreover, it won’t be discussed unless Ukraine joins the Alliance,” he added.

Prof. Legvord doesn’t think Russia will recognize independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria as retaliation to proclamation of Kosovo’s independence. “I suppose, Russia used the issue as a tool of political diplomatic pressure. Recognition of Abkhazia will cost too much. Russia will hardly want to shoulder this burden,” he said, reports.

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