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Ukraine: NATO

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the progress of Ukraine’s Membership Action Plan to join the Alliance; and if he will make a statement. (223653)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: At present Ukraine does not have a Membership Action Plan with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), but a process of Intensified Dialogue is under way on Ukraine’s membership aspirations and related reforms.

The UK supports Ukraine’s desire for NATO membership. At the Bucharest NATO Summit in April, all allies agreed that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of the Alliance. NATO Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the Bucharest commitment in their statement of 19 August and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary reiterated the UK position in Kiev on 27 August. The UK remains in close contact with allies to discuss the implementation of the Bucharest commitment. The NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in December will provide the first review of the progress Ukraine has made on its path to membership.

In the meantime, the NATO-Ukraine Commission will continue to help strengthen NATO’s relationship with Ukraine and assist in their progress towards membership. The Commission last met on 27 August and allies reiterated once more their support for Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.