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NATO chief arrives in Ukraine

June 16 2008
02:07

The delegation of the North Atlantic Council, led by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer will visit Ukraine on June 16-17 to strengthen political dialogue between Ukraine and NATO, the press office of the president.

"The visit will take place at the invitation of President of Ukraine in development adopted at the Bucharest Summit of NATO decision to launch a period of intensive contacts with Ukraine at a high political level in order to intensify the political dialogue between Ukraine and the Alliance," - said in a statement.

During the visit, scheduled for evaluation of the implementation of the Action Plan Ukraine Ukraine - NATO, in particular, the Trust plan Ukraine - NATO in 2008 in the context of Ukraine's application to join the Membership Action Plan in the alliance (MAP).

At last April 3-4 NATO summit in Bucharest Ukraine were not included in the Membership Action Plan in the alliance and the issue was moved to December. According to the polls in April, more than half of Ukrainians oppose NATO membership and no more than a third - behind. In early June, the State Duma adopted a resolution stating the possibility of denunciation of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Ukraine in the event of its accession to NATO.

As stated in a press release, the program of the visit also envisages holding of meetings of the Commission of Ukraine - NATO at the ambassadorial level with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ukraine, a meeting of the delegation of the North Atlantic Council and NATO Secretary General to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and President Verkhovna Rada Arseniy Yatsenyuk. In addition, it is planned that a group of delegations of NATO will visit some regions of Ukraine, RIA News .

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