Anti-NATO rally paralyses Ukrainian parliament
The Party of Regions is demanding that the Rada Speaker withdraw his signature from a letter sent to NATO. The document formally asks the military alliance to begin the process of admitting Ukraine to the organisation.
Last week the country’s Foreign Minister handed over a request to NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Government supporters hope the decision on its membership application will be taken in April, during a NATO summit in Bucharest.
Meanwhile, around a thousand people staged a protest outside parliament against Ukraine’s plans to join NATO.