Viktor Yushchenko, Ukrainian president | December 1, 2008
NATO ministers meet this week to discuss a Membership Action Plan for Ukraine. ++ "Ukraine's desire to join NATO is an aspiration to become part of the most effective system of collective security and to share joint responsibility for common space." ++ Despite protest from Russia, Ukraine must be accepted as a vital ally - peacekeeping missions in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Afghanistan have proven its capabilities. ++ The Ukrainian legislature is in favor of a NATO MAP and membership; it is time for the alliance to act.