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Ukraine: NATO Commission Meets

Brussels, 10 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - NATO and Ukraine today held in Brussels the first session of their cooperative commission for talks on NATO's plans for a visit by the alliance's political committee to Kyiv.

The two sides set up the commission when they signed a partnership agreement at the NATO summit in Madrid last July to facilitate bilateral cooperation.

NATO now expects Ukraine to establish a military mission at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels. Kyiv already maintains a fully-fledged diplomatic representation there, being one of only two Partnership for Peace countries -- the other is Hungary -- to do so.

The next meeting of the commission, to be held at the ministerial level, is planned for December.