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NATO Supports Ukraine’s Membership Bid, Conditionally


http://gdb.rferl.org/d7541a35-269d-4bd3-8041-ae82a3e4000a_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/d7541a35-269d-4bd3-8041-ae82a3e4000a_mw800_mh600.jpg NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said if next month's elections are free and fair, Ukraine will improve its membership chances (file photo) (AFP) 16 February 2006 -- NATO says it supports Ukraine's aspirations to join the alliance, but eventual entry will depend on the country's commitment to democratic reforms.


NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told reporters during a visit to the Polish capital, Warsaw, that the alliance hopes Ukraine's parliamentary elections next month "will be free and fair."


Scheffer indicated that the 26 March vote will play a role in Ukraine's possible acceptance into the organization.


Ukraine's Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov was also in Warsaw today for talks with Polish leaders.


(AP, AFP)

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