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NATO doors open to Ukraine - alliance head


KIEV, October 19 (RIA Novosti, Taras Burnos) - NATO doors are always open to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Wednesday during his three-day trip to the country.

There should be no deadlines in this matter, he said at the end of a Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting.

We should focus on the process itself, not set any schedules or dates in terms of months or years, the secretary general said, responding to a question about the possibility of Ukraine's admission to NATO in 2008. He added that he could not put a timeline on the process.

The most important thing is that Ukraine is ready to carry out essential reform, he said, promising alliance support.

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