Estonian President: Let Georgia, Ukraine into NATO now

The president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves,  said on Thursday that Russia’s strike into Georgia should persuade NATO urgently to give Georgia and Ukraine membership of the alliance, Reuters reports.

Ilves also said in an interview that Russia’s actions should cause a strategic re-think in Europe as defence planners had assumed Russia presented no threat.

“They should take Ukraine immediately into NATO, and what is left of Georgia,” he told Reuters, adding that a decision this year not to give the two countries a road map to membership had persuaded Russia it had free hand in the region.

Both Georgia and Ukraine have pro-Western leaders who want to take their nations into NATO, angering Moscow.

Source: BBN