BRUSSELS -- Ukraine's troubles in integrating with the West can be attributed to a lack of "political solidity."
Integrating Ukraine into Western structures could ensure access to crucial gas supplies, while sparing Kyiv a fate as a Russian lackey.
The U.S. and Russian presidents failed to resolve differences over missile defense, but used their farewell summit on the Black Sea to declare their readiness to seek compromise.
Georgia's and Ukraine's NATO bids have shed light on NATO's "Old Europe" and "New Europe" camps. Did the summit's strong show of support for the two post-Soviet hopefuls bridge the gap?
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (file photo) (RFE/RL)
NATO's decision to deny Georgia and Ukraine a Membership Action Plan (MAP) but offer a promise of eventual alliance membership surprised many observers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with the leaders of NATO member states today on the last day of the NATO summit in Bucharest.
Moscow is unlikely to welcome NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine in late 2008. But the key question is whether Berlin will be more inclined to challenge Russia on that point.
Ukraine and Georgia will have to wait for Membership Action Plans, but the alliance says they "will become members." The news was well received in Kyiv and Tbilisi.
Georgia and Ukraine will be holding their breath for any announcement on their bids to obtain a Membership Action Plan (MAP) during this week's NATO summit.
Georgia and Ukraine are hoping for a milestone at this week's NATO summit in Bucharest -- one that will edge them away from Moscow's orbit and closer to membership of an exclusive Western club.
Four years ago, Putin skirted the reality that most irked Moscow about NATO expansion -- that the Baltic states had successfully broken away from Russia's sphere of influence.
As NATO prepares to debate putting Ukraine and Georgia on track for membership, U.S. President George W. Bush has reiterated his support for Ukraine's efforts to join the alliance.