Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma charged yesterday that, in disclaiming any Russian intent to veto NATO’s enlargement, Aleksandr Lebed had merely "said what had to be said" during his recent visit to NATO headquarters. (See perspective item below) Kuchma expressed concern lest NATO’s enlargement be accompanied by a special treaty between NATO and Russia that could "once again divide Europe into first-class and second-class countries." Kiev will "definitely speak out" on the subject in the upcoming 16 + 1 consultations between NATO and Ukraine, Kuchma said. (Interfax-Ukraine, October 9)
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