"U.S. Not to Speed Up Ukraine’s Acceptance to NATO" U.S. Ambassador
Ukraine, Kiev, 17 July / Trend corr. Z. Novosvitski/ "United States will not speed up Ukraine's acceptance to NATO, since the decision must be made by country's population alone," U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said, commenting on the statement by former U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger that it is too early to accept Ukraine to NATO due to the relationships with Russia, Radio Svoboda reported.
Taylor said that according to Kissinger it is very important for the United States to maintain Ukraine's sovereignty. "We also agree with the statement. The sovereignty of Ukraine is very important. Ukraine must be supported as an independent country... U.S. authorities do not want speed up acception of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO. United States' position is that the decision must be taken by Ukraine and Georgia," said Taylor.
Taylor added that all NATO leaders said in Bucharest that the two countries would join NATO.
In April, at a Bucharest summit, NATO members postponed decision making on acception of Ukraine and Georgia to MAP to December 2008.
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