The FINANCIAL -- According to an UNIAN, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer confirmed on December 7 that the next meeting of the NATO- Ukraine commission at the level of heads of state would be held in the spring of 2008 in Bucharest in parallel to the NATO summit, according to IRNA.
He stressed that cooperation with Ukraine was outstanding and Ukraine was the only NATO partner country that is involved in all of the Alliance`s operations without exception and makes an important contribution to common security.
The Secretary-General also noted Ukraine`s progress in reforming its Armed Forces and bringing them closer to Euro-Atlantic standards.
Earlier in the day, the foreign ministers of the 26 NATO member countries supported the determination of Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, but the timing of their accession is not on the agenda.
At their summit in Bucharest, the heads of state and government from the 26 NATO member states will discuss the admission of Croatia, Albania, and Macedonia.