NATO countries must recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia's independence before allowing Georgia to join the alliance, Russia's ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said during a Moscow-Brussels video conference. He added, however, that as far as is known, NATO did not intend to recognize the republics in the near future.
Speaking of Ukraine, Rogozin pointed out that it only had very remote prospects for entering the alliance. After analyzing the political situation in Ukraine - a constant drama with conflicts between all branches of power - NATO concluded that it was not yet the time to admit the country. As for the NATO Membership Action Plan, it may only be offered to Ukraine in 15 to 20 or 25 years, and no earlier, Rogozin stated.