Ukraine's NATO bid may backfire
Published 29/08/2008 | 00:00
The desire by America and Britain to fast-track Ukraine's NATO membership could have serious consequences for Kiev's fragile new coalition government. After many months of political limbo and public wrangling, the former Orange Revolution allies, Tymoshenko and Yushchenko, formed a government earlier this year with a majority of just one seat in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.
This is the same coalition that spectacularly collapsed in 2004 and that was unable to unite following the 2006 parliamentary elections.
The country is deeply polarised, with the Ukrainian-speaking population in central and western Ukraine supportive of greater Western integration, whilst those in eastern regions see themselves as more closely aligned to Russia.