Ukrainian parliament votes to renounce 'non-aligned' status

December 23, 2014 10:27 AM

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Ukrainian parliament votes to renounce 'non-aligned' status

KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday renounced Ukraine's "non-aligned" status with the aim of eventually joining NATO, angering Moscow, which views NATO's eastward expansion as a threat to its own security.

Any accession to the Western military alliance is likely to take years, but a NATO spokesman in Brussels said: "Our door is open and Ukraine will become a member of NATO if it so requests and fulfils the standards and adheres to the necessary principles."

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