Maurizio Massari, Italian ministry of foreign affairs | August 7, 2008
Admitting Georgia and Ukraine to NATO could spoil the cooperation between Russia and the West. ++ If NATO decides to take in the two former Soviet republics, Russia might reciprocate by freezing its relations with the alliance which would be a lose-lose situation for all the parties involved. ++ We must not let this issue cool the relations between NATO and Moscow. ++ NATO, Russia and the OSCE must forge a new compact and work together if they are serious about addressing the challenges and threats in their common neighbourhood.