Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Defense: Ukraine-NATO exercises to go ahead

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, has said the controversial joint Ukraine-Nato military exercises will go ahead despite strong protests from those rejecting closer ties with the West.

He also ordered authorities "to decide as a matter of urgency" on the expulsion of foreigners accused by Kiev of taking part in anti-Nato demonstrations in the Crimea.

Interfax has reported that on Friday activists prevented around 100 US troops from reaching a Ukrainian army base in Crimea, and several dozen people have been blocking the Crimean port of Feodosia since Monday in protest at the arrival of a US ship carrying materials.

The Ukrainian weekly Dzerkalo Tyjnia, has reportedly accused Russian secret services of having organised the protests.

How awful. You would never find the U.S. organising protests in Ukraine.

All together now one...two...three. "Oh tie an orange ribbon round the old oak tree.."