Just over four years after a pro-democracy revolution ousted Ukraine's Russia-allied President Viktor Yanukovych, NATO has decided that Ukraine and three other former Eastern Bloc nations could be allowed to consider themselves as aspirant countries.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his deep gratitude to NATO and stressed that one of the key priorities for his national security team is to meet the North Atlantic Alliance's criteria for membership.

"I welcome this importan...

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