Thursday, April 3, 2008

NATO says no to Georgia and Ukraine

This has got to really annoy the US administration. This is something the Bush administration was really pushing for and for obvious reasons Russia was pushing against.
Now what ?

NATO nixes Georgia, Ukraine membership


French and German concern over Russia's reaction dashed the two former Soviet republics' hopes of being granted a "membership action plan" that bring them into the alliance within the next five to 10 years.

But alliance Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO welcomes the countries' aspirations to join. "We agree today that these countries will become members of NATO," he said.




hey but at least their aspirations to join are welcomed? Which really means nothing.


Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were concerned about provoking Moscow, which has warned of a new East-West crisis if NATO takes in the two republics. Both are on Russia's southwestern border, across key east-west oil and gas routes.

In other words , France and Germany could be left with no oil or gas.

So that was definitely a smart move on their part , if they want to remain in office that is.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting - I was wondering how this was going to play out.

    At least some 'cooler' heads have prevailed.. watch for some folk leaving soon and the issue to be retabled in say, less than five years!

    Meanwhile - how's it going with Israel helping out with NATO manuveurs??

    http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/107829.html

    ~B

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