UKRAINE TO SEEK NATO MEMBERSHIP, SAYS PM YATSENYUK

BBC News on August 29, 2014, reported that Ukraine’s prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Excerpts below:

Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine’s non-bloc status be cancelled.

The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels.

On November 28 Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.

Russia denies sending troops.

Nearly 2,600 people have been killed since April, the UN says, when Russia’s annexation of Crimea prompted the rebels to take control of large parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the far east of the country.

“The government is entering a bill to Verkhovna Rada [parliament] about the cancellation of Ukraine’s non-bloc status and resumption of Ukraine’s course for Nato membership,” Mr Yatsenyuk said.

At a government meeting, Mr Yatsenyuk said Ukraine’s main aim remained membership of the European Union.

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