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US taking steps to get Albania, Croatia into NATO [Irking the Russins even more]

 
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US taking steps to get Albania, Croatia into NATO [Irking the Russins even more]
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US taking steps to get Albania, Croatia into NATO

WASHINGTON - The United States is taking another step toward getting formerly communist Albania and Croatia folded into the NATO alliance.

President Bush planned to meet Friday with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and sign so-called accession protocols paving the way for the two Balkan countries' final membership in the military alliance.

"The president has supported NATO enlargement as part of an important vision of a Europe that would be whole, free and at peace," said White House press secretary Dana Perino.

"The invitation to join NATO is recognition of a country's achievements on the path to prosperity and peace. And in return, NATO membership promises the security and stability of that country going forward."

The White House invited to the signing ceremony about 160 lawmakers, members of the diplomatic corps, the U.S. ambassadors to Albania and Croatia, and members of Albanian-American and Croatian-American groups.

NATO leaders agreed at a summit earlier this year in Romania to invite Albania and Croatia into the alliance. However, the alliance rebuffed U.S. attempts to begin the process of inviting Ukraine and Georgia, both former Soviet republics, to join. Despite strong U.S. backing to bring them in, Germany, France and some other alliance members opposed the move, fearing it would provoke Russia.

The idea of NATO enlargement on its doorstep has irked the Russians.

Ties between Russia and NATO members have been further strained by the Georgia-Russia conflict. The war erupted in August when Georgia launched an attack to regain control of South Ossetia, which broke from Georgian control in the early 1990s. Russian forces swiftly repelled the attack and drove deep into Georgia.

Albania and Croatia will be eligible to join NATO when all 26 allies have ratified the accession protocols. Slovakia and Hungary have ratified them to date. NATO officials hope Albania and Croatia will be able to participate as full members at next year's summit.
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Re: US taking steps to get Albania, Croatia into NATO [Irking the Russins even more]
HHhmmmmm...quite interesting, Acolyte, interesting indeed. Following is an article I read today...somehow I ended up at the Jerusalem Post while researching the Israeli virus that you referenced last night and just happened upon this piece.

US fighting to get Albania into NATO while Israel declares Albania "a new destination" for Jewish investment and travel and declares Albania a "would-be NATO member in April of next year". Coincidence? *wink*

OK...I've been saying it fo rthe last hour, but I really must get some sleep! lol

Oh, I haven't found anything of great interest yet on the virus or the vaccines.

TXP

Albania - a new Israeli destination

Oct 21, 2008 21:48 | Updated Oct 22, 2008 10:59

Although a small country, Albania is strongly advocating prudence in international relations. It is clearly a pro-Western democracy, that seeks to join NATO and other Western European political structures, but it also manifests openness and willingness to cooperate with other countries of the world. Israel is undoubtedly a very important partner on the map.

And Albania is a country well worth visiting for Israelis, and well worth investing in.

Hospitality for guests in Albania is exceptional. There is no concept of "stranger" or "foreigner" in the case of Albanians. This is strongly based on Albanian customs, as well as on today's democratic values. This may also explain the development of strong feelings for Jews both in the past and present.

The visa exemption agreement between the Republic of Albania and the State of Israel, which came into effect on July 27, has marked a significant achievement, which is expected to further bolster bilateral relations.

Our countries belong to different regions and face different kind of problems. But this agreement will certainly strengthen economic and cultural ties, especially in the light of the commitment of the Albanian government and its citizens to a free and open society.

In fact, economic ties are already growing. Israeli companies are looking to invest in Albania - in real estate, the energy sector, construction, the fishing industry, etc.

The latest World Bank Doing Business Report, which presented rankings on the ease of doing business worldwide, showed Albania jumping from 136th place to 86th in one year. In protecting investment, Albania ranked 14th in the world. As that report underlined, starting a business has never been easier, and Albania has undertaken reforms in the areas of getting credit, taxation and simplified business regulations.

Albania's 450 kilometers of coastline offers a unique example of tourism development. Israeli tourists may also want to visit the synagogue in Saranda (in the south), and see how this country shines a light on Jewish history and how it respects human dignity.

It is in the tradition of Jews to look for new destinations. Albania is now a new European destination, a new passion for visitors and investors.

Israeli tourists will visit the country that saved the lives of every Jew during World War II, a strong advocate of the interests of Israel in various international organizations, a multi-religious society that represents a model of religious harmony and ecumenical relations, a would-be NATO member (in April next year), and an EU aspirer.

Come see for yourselves.

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Re: US taking steps to get Albania, Croatia into NATO [Irking the Russins even more]
 Quoting: TX PATRIOT 506675


LOL you mut get some sleep now TX. I'm saving this article thankyou for sharing it.

"In fact, economic ties are already growing. Israeli companies are looking to invest in Albania - in real estate, the energy sector, construction, the fishing industry, etc."

This is going to make Russia Furious, they dont want Israelis on thier bordor.
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