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MOSCOW: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sternly warned the West on Thursday that putting Ukraine and Georgia on a track to NATO membership would hurt U.S.-Russian relations badly, Russian news reports said.
The alliance is set to consider giving the two former Soviet nations a roadmap to membership, the so-called "membership action plan," at its April 2-4 alliance summit in Bucharest, Romania. Russia has staunchly opposed NATO's eastward expansion, and Lavrov said Moscow had explicitly warned Washington that the move would seriously hurt bilateral ties.
"We have confirmed to the U.S. that the implementation of these plans will have the gravest consequences for our relations," Lavrov was quoted by Russian news reports as saying.
Russia: US arming ex-terrorists
Moscow - Russia's firebrand envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said Thursday that US military aid to Kosovo amounted to arming "former terrorists".
Responding to news of US President George W Bush approval of military aid to Kosovo, Russia's ambassador to Nato Dmitry Rogozin warned that such a move could lead to "new terrorist clashes in the Balkans".