NATO's door still open for Ukraine: Clinton

2nd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

The door to NATO membership remains open for Ukraine, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday, after its parliament abandoned the previous administration's bid to join the alliance.

"Ukraine is a sovereign and independent country that has the right to choose its own alliances and NATO's door remains open," Clinton said at a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.

"But it's up to Ukraine to decide whether or not you wish to pursue that or any other course for your own security interest," she added.

The Ukrainian authorities led by new President Viktor Yanukovych have abandoned the previous pro-Western administration's aim to join NATO, with Yanukovych pledging to pursue a policy of neutrality.

Ukraine's parliament late Thursday passed in the final reading a law formally establishing a non-aligned status for the country.

© 2010 AFP

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