The U.S. House yesterday voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill making Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic eligible for more U.S. aid in order to accelerate their admission into NATO. The bill authorizes $60 million in military assistance to those three countries, which are described as having achieved the most progress toward meeting NATO’s membership criteria, and to other countries designated by the president on the same basis. It also urges the U.S. to back eventual NATO membership for a number of other Eastern European and former Soviet states, while calling for an enhanced "cooperative political and security relationship" between an enlarged NATO and Russia. (UPI, July 23)
Moscow not Interested in NATO Exercises.