Russia, France and Germany Oppose Ukraine, Georgia's NATO Membership Bids

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Kiev, Ukraine (AP) President Bush says he's fully supporting the bids by Ukraine and Georgia for membership in NATO. And that could further complicate ties between the U.S. and Russia.

Russia, along with France and Germany, oppose allowing former soviet states to begin the NATO admission process. And relations between Washington and Moscow are already strained because of U.S. plans to set up missile defenses in Europe.

But Bush says Russia will have no veto over what other countries do. And he's rejecting any trade-off between missile defense and NATO membership, saying he'll work as hard as he can to help Georgia and Ukraine join the alliance.

Bush's comments come as he visits Ukraine. He met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko earlier today, two days before the NATO summit in Romania.

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