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Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk says no plans to join Nato

Published on Mar 18, 2014 7:52 PM
 
Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk holds up the United Nations charter as he addresses a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York, March 13, 2014. Ukraine's new Western-backed prime minister said on Tuesday that the ex-Soviet country had no plans to join Nato following last month's fall of a pro-Kremlin regime. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's new Western-backed prime minister said on Tuesday that the ex-Soviet country had no plans to join Nato following last month's fall of a pro-Kremlin regime.

"For the sole purpose of preserving the unity of Ukraine, the issue of (Ukraine's) accession to Nato is not on the agenda," Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a televised address delivered in Russian and intended specifically for the southeastern parts of his nation of 46 million.

"The country will be defended by a strong and modern Ukrainian army," he said.

Ukraine signed up to a partnership deal with Nato in 1997 after the fall of communism and the end of the Soviet Union but it is not a full member of the military alliance.

 
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