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NATO says Ukraine and Georgia eventually members

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - NATO decided on Thursday that Ukraine and Georgia would eventually become members of the North Atlantic alliance, Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said.

“We agree today that these countries will become member nations,” he told a news conference during the NATO summit in Bucharest after leaders failed to agree on including the two former Soviet republics now in its Membership Action Plan.

Russia fiercely opposes admitting the two states, which it sees as part of its sphere of influence, into the Western military organization.

Reporting by Randall Palmer

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