NATO signals no new members for the present

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NATO is doing a lot of thinking since the Ukraine crisis erupted, but one reaction is being ruled out.

Rapid expansion won't be part of the plan and that's not good news for would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia. They've been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, celebrating important anniversaries this year of a dozen nations joining its ranks, will welcome no new members when President Barack Obama and other leaders convene for a summit in Wales in early September.

Macedonia's foreign minister says it's "step backward."

Analysts say NATO is worried about granting, or being perceived as granting, security guarantees that could quickly be tested by Russia. That's particularly true of Georgia.

Before taking over Crimea from Ukraine, Russia invaded and occupied two regions of Georgia nearly six years ago.

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