Eastern European NATO countries want to help Ukraine join alliance

Eastern European members of NATO are looking for specific ways to help Ukraine's efforts to join the military alliance, officials said Saturday.

While Ukraine's pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko has made &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/92/370/15331_ukraine.html' target=_blank>NATO membership a key goal, and the alliance in principle has supported that aspiration, it says Ukraine must first firm up its democracy, fight corruption and reform its bloated, post-Soviet military.

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