Hungary’s foreign minister yesterday praised NATO enlargement as a policy that "could prevent any efforts which might reappear for hegemony over Central and Eastern Europe." Laszlo Kovacs also said that Russia currently poses no military threat to the region. But his thinly-veiled reference to a possible reassertion by Moscow of dominance over the region is unlikely to be appreciated in the Kremlin. Kovacs, currently in Washington, also said that enlargement could help further democratization in Russia. (AP, March 5)
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