Ukraine abandons non-aligned status

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Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Ukraine’s parliament has voted to abandon the country’s non-aligned status, a move that could be a step towards seeking membership in Nato.

Although Ukraine pursued Nato membership several years ago, it declared itself a non-bloc country after Russia-friendly Viktor Yanukovych became president in 2010.

Mr Yanukovych fled the country in February after months of street protests that exploded into violence, and was replaced by Western-leaning Petro Poroshenko in May.

Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine and its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine appear partly rooted in fears that the Western military alliance could expand its presence on the Russian border by allowing Ukraine to join.

The vote, which was approved 303-9, was initiated by Mr Poroshenko.

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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