Skip to comments.Ukraine leader makes NATO bid on Independence Day
Posted on 08/24/2008 4:14:35 AM PDT by HAL9000
KIEV, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on Sunday joining the NATO alliance was vital to securing the country's defence.
Marking 17 years of Ukrainian independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yushchenko said Ukraine must also increase its own defences -- a clear swipe at Russia which unnerved former Soviet republics when it sent troops into Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
In a congratulatory message to mark the day, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Ukraine not to spoil their historically close ties.
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Right....because being poisoned 4 years ago didn't upset Yushchenko at all.
Mr Yushchenko before and after the poisoning
For Ukraine to seek to defend itself threatens to "spoil" their "close ties" with Russia.
You know, the "ties" according to which Russia owns Ukraine and can attack her at will. Those "ties".
Close ties? That's an interesting way to describe enslavement.
Actually, it’s the ties to the large number of ethnic Russians who were moved into the Ukraine by Soviet policy - i.e. a fifth column.
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