UKRAINE SEEKS CLOSER TIES WITH NATO.

Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 184

Ukrainian Defense and Security Council head Volodymyr Horbulin yesterday publicly criticized the country’s Defense Ministry and the General Staff for "drift, inconsistency, and incoherence" in developing military cooperation with NATO. Horbulin noted a "growing discrepancy between Ukraine’s political objectives in seeking close ties with NATO and the actual level of practical cooperation with it." He cited NATO and other Western officials as "raising well-founded questions" about the Ukrainian military’s failure to participate in some recent joint activities, including some that had been financed entirely by NATO countries. Horbulin instructed the participants in the gathering to prepare a comprehensive plan for cooperation with NATO in 1998-99 "so as to fulfill the special partnership in practice." (Ukrainian agencies, October 2)

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