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U.S. says shifts in Ukraine an internal matter

U.S. says shifts in Ukraine an internal matter

The State Department said Wednesday the decision of the pro-western bloc in Ukraine's parliament to join the opposition was an internal matter that should not be influenced by outsiders.
"How Ukraine wishes to proceed in terms of its relationships with trans-Atlantic institutions, whether NATO or the EU. or others, is a matter for Ukrainians to decide," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said.
The political bloc of President Viktor Yushchenko, in addition to withdrawing its support for the government, asked the president to remove its three ministers from parliament.
Yushchenko's election two years ago had raised the possibility of eventual NATO and EU membership for Ukraine. Those options are seen now as increasingly remote with the rise of the pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and his allies.
"NATO will decide how to respond to Ukraine. The EU will decide how to respond to Ukraine.
"But fundamentally, both the E.U. and NATO are organizations of democratic states. And no one is trying to force membership upon any country," Casey said.


Updated : 2021-04-15 13:53 GMT+08:00