Welcoming Yeltsin’s renewed willingness to join NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, Clinton said that the two sides had failed to reach an agreement on NATO expansion. But he promised the Russian president that NATO expansion would take place only if it advanced the interests of all Partnership for Peace countries and advanced the cause of integrating all of Europe rather than redividing it. As Russian commentators have suggested in recent days, such an American concession gives Moscow an effective veto over NATO enlargement. On May 9, Interfax reported that both Germany and Britain had said they were against any precipitous expansion of NATO.
“G-Seven And One-Half.”