No NATO for Ukraine
Posted on Jun 3, 2010
With a nod to the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych proposed a bill to his parliament, which it approved Thursday, to keep their nation from joining NATO’s ranks. Take that, hegemonic Western policymakers! —KA
The law, submitted by President Viktor Yanukovych, cements Ukraine’s status as a military non-aligned country—though it will co-operate with Nato.
President Yanukovych was elected earlier this year, vowing to end Ukraine’s Nato membership ambitions and mend relations with Russia.
His predecessor, Viktor Yushchenko, had pursued a pro-Western foreign policy.
Under him, relations with Moscow had declined dramatically, with the Kremlin refusing to talk to him.
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Russian President (now Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin, right, visits Ukraine’s Prime Minister (now President) Viktor Yanukovych (got that?) in December 2006.