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 reported.

In his turn, Tarasyuk assured the US State Secretary that Ukraine’s foreign course remained unchanged and invited her to visit Ukraine.


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