11:20 03.08.2009

NATO to decide on Ukraine after presidential election, says expert

NATO's newly elected secretary general, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, supports Ukraine, but he is not expected to make statements about Ukraine's membership of the alliance before the end of the presidential election in the country, according to certain experts, Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has reported.

A political analyst from the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Volodymyr Horbach, said that the foreign political position of Denmark was positive, open and supportive in respect to Ukraine.

Therefore, in his opinion, Ukraine could expect assistance in its bid to join NATO.

Horbach said that in most cases, the alliance's secretaries general do not significantly influence the alliance's position, as all of the important decisions are being taken collectively at NATO's summits.

"NATO's position is currently well disposed to Ukraine's membership. However, they cannot do our domestic work in the country for us," he said.

"Therefore, the alliance will expect certainty in the country's foreign political system after the presidential election and will then offer Ukraine a new modernized strategy of relations with NATO," Horbach said.

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