US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sit next to each other at the start of the NATO Summit conference in Bucharest, Thursday April 3, 2008.(AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Bucharest, Romania (AP) President Bush is being rebuffed at his final NATO summit.
The coalition is rejecting his push for membership for two former republics of the old Soviet Union, Ukraine and Georgia.
France and Germany are concerned about upsetting the balance of power with Russia, which has strongly opposed the expansion. All 26 allies must agree in order for the expansion plan to move forward, and talks over dinner last night failed to break the impasse.
On the positive side, Bush is coming away with a commitment for greater NATO support in Afghanistan. France is offering to send in about 700 troops to help American forces in the dangerous eastern region. That will free up more U.S. forces for fighting in Kandahar
Province in the south. Canada has been threatening to pull out its embattled soldiers unless they get more allied help.