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NATO expansion: Georgia and Ukraine denied

At the ongoing NATO summit in Bucharest US President Bush was a strong advocate of Georgia und Ukraine being allowed to take up Membership Action Plans for joining the alliance. However, Germany and France oppose this view. Because NATO operates by consensus (one member can stop entry into the alliance) it is quite certain that Georgia and Ukraine will be denied whereas Albania and Croatia will be allowed to begin accession talks.

(Members so far: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia

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Why do you think Georgia and Ukraine were denied their MAPs? I heard that the people of Ukraine actually don’t want their country to join the alliance. Does anyone have inside views from those countries?
And why do you think was Bush so keen on Georgia and Ukraine joining?

Cheers,
Sharon

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