Publication: Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 56

Addressing the Georgian parliament, Kuchma listed the priorities of Ukrainian policy in the following order: “integration in the European Union, deepening Ukraine’s partnership with the United States, and strengthening cooperation with Russia and other CIS countries.” The Ukrainian-Georgian joint statement recorded the “common goal of integration in the European political, economic and cultural space.” This agenda reflects Kuchma’s recently obtained electoral mandate as well as Shevardnadze’s platform in his current campaign for reelection. Shevardnadze, moreover, reaffirmed in Kuchma’s presence the intention of Georgia to apply for membership in NATO by 2005. Aliev for his part declared, in Kuchma’s presence, that “the process of Azerbaijan’s cooperation with NATO is underway and proceeding normally. We shall continue on that road because it is the correct road. And if some country does not like it, that is the business of that country” (Prime-News, Turan, AzadInform, UNIAN, DINAU, Itar-Tass March 16-17).

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