US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice expressed a wish
to work with the new Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, despite his
latest statement concerning Ukraine’s integration into NATO.
U.S. Secretary of State discussed
possible NATO membership with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk on the
sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and underlined that the USA were ready to work with
new, democratically elected government..
"She reiterated that the U.S. supports Ukraine’s
integration with Euro-Atlantic institutions," said a senior State Department
official after the meeting, referring to potential membership of NATO.
"The pace of that evolving relationship will depend on
continued reforms in Ukraine and the Ukrainian government’s comfort with the
pace of that evolving relationship," added the official, DefenseNews
In his turn, Tarasyuk assured the US State Secretary
that Ukraine’s foreign course remained unchanged and invited her to visit
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