VIDEO: Ukraine: NATO Membership is Off the Agenda: “A New Strategic Partnership with Russia,”

Setback for US-NATO alliance



Joining NATO has been taken off Ukraine’s agenda, Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko has announced. However, Kiev is going to continue developing relations with the alliance.

“The idea of Ukraine’s membership in the alliance does not enjoy the support of the majority of Ukrainians and is destructive for the efficiency of the state’s foreign policy,” Grishchenko said as quoted by Itar-Tass.

At the same time, he went on, Kiev will continue developing its relations with the alliance. “We jotted out from the agenda the question of membership in the alliance. Precisely this approach is in full compliance with the present state of affairs,” he said.

The minister noted, though, that Ukraine’s membership in international organizations is topical, since “it would give the country the best international experience and resources for its further development.”

On Wednesday, First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Stepan Havrysh said that “The issue of cooperation with the alliance continues to be one of the foreign policy priorities for our state.” He added, Interfax reports, that evidence of this is the intention of the new country’s leadership to abide by all of the agreements earlier reached with the alliance.

Speaking at the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine joint working group, Havrysh said, “Ukraine, while maintaining the dynamics of a political dialog with the alliance, is beginning to strengthen its strategic partnership with Russia.” He added that “the whole world expected a similar rebooting.”

“I think that [the reboot] will entail charisma in Ukrainian political diplomacy, as well as politics in future,” the official went on. He underlined, however, that a reset in relations does not mean a return to Moscow’s influence in Kiev.

“We are focusing on the development of equal relations… The issue concerns a new level of strategic partnership with Russia,” he stressed.

Joining the US-led alliance was one of the key priorities for Ukraine’s former president – Viktor Yushchenko – and one of the stumbling blocks in Moscow-Kiev relations. Russia is strongly opposed to the alliance’s Eastward expansion. Ukraine’s new leader Viktor Yanukovich, who took office in February, dropped the plans and is pursuing a policy that would help Ukraine develop good relations with both Russia and the West.

Edited 28 May, 2010 

Articles by: Global Research

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible for any inaccurate or incorrect statement in this article. The Centre of Research on Globalization grants permission to cross-post Global Research articles on community internet sites as long the source and copyright are acknowledged together with a hyperlink to the original Global Research article. For publication of Global Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, contact: [email protected] contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair use" you must request permission from the copyright owner.

For media inquiries: [email protected]