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AP Interview: Tymoshenko says Ukraine 'must be a member of NATO' to protect itself from Russia
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:21 AM EDT
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says Ukraine "must be a member of NATO" in order to protect itself from Russian aggression.
She says "with his war against us, Putin was able to change the mentality of Ukrainians and turn us in a different strategic direction. NATO is the best choice for Ukraine."
While Tymoshenko hadn't previously backed NATO membership publicly, she and other Ukrainian politicians have ramped up the tough rhetoric as pro-Russia militias seized police stations and government buildings across eastern Ukraine.