Georgia at least 25 years away from NATO - Russian envoy Rogozin

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Georgia will not join NATO for at least a quarter of century, the Russian envoy to NATO said Tuesday.
BRUSSELS, January 27 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia will not join NATO for at least a quarter of century, the Russian envoy to NATO said Tuesday.

"We [participants of an informal Russia-NATO Council ambassadorial meeting January 26 in Brussels] have not discussed it, as this is not urgent and will not be urgent for at least 25 years," Dmitry Rogozin told journalists.

After a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels in December 2008, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the alliance would "beef up" the NATO-Georgia and NATO-Ukraine commissions, to help speed up reforms needed for the countries' eventual membership of the alliance.

However, European countries led by Germany blocked granting either country a Membership Action Plan (MAP).

NATO's refusal to give the two post-Soviet states MAPs was welcomed by Russia, which strongly opposes the alliance's expansion into the former Soviet Union.

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