December 15, 2009

Eastern Europe’s Love Triangle: NATO, Russia and Ukraine

The Foreign Policy's Simon Shuster has a really good piece about a relationship between Ukraine and NATO. In brief, Mr. Shuster writes that, despite Ukraine's decade-long efforts to join NATO, Russia and NATO seem to get closer while leaving Ukraine aside.

Here is a great quote:

"At the Bucharest summit, even if Ukraine had had Britain's democracy, Germany's economy, and America's army, they would still not let us in, because for [Russia] it was too early," says Anatoliy Grytsenko, head of the Ukrainian parliament's defense committee and a former defense minister. "Russia's voice today is not exactly a veto on NATO decisions, but it is a deciding factor for some of the key members of the alliance."

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