May 18, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Underscoring the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Europe, Congress sent President Bush a bill he wanted Friday that endorses an expansion of NATO and authorizes security assistance for seven nations that hope to join. "The Cold War may be over, but the security and welfare of America and Europe are very closely linked," said Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate approved the bill Friday, 85 to 6.
February 14, 1999 |
Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic will formally join NATO on March 12 at a ceremony in Independence, Mo., the U.S. Embassy in Budapest said. The three Central European countries will be the first former members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The ceremony will be held in the Harry S. Truman Library, where President Truman announced the creation of NATO in 1949.
June 13, 1997 |
President Clinton declared Thursday that the United States will support the inclusion of only three countries--Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic--in plans to expand NATO. In making the announcement, the president was rejecting the wishes of several European allies who strongly support the bids of Slovenia and Romania to become members of the alliance.
June 14, 1997 |
Slovenians are stunned. They simply can't understand why one day they were flying high on the way to NATO membership, and the next day the biggest gun in the alliance has shot them down. President Clinton fired the potentially fatal shot Thursday, saying he will support only the candidacies of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic when the 16-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization opens its doors to new members at a July 8-9 summit in Madrid.
March 4, 2014 |
The causes of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine are many, but most fundamentally its roots can be found in an enormously consequential decision made by the United States and its allies in the early 1990s. Faced with a strategic challenge of constructing a new security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, the decision was made to embark on a program of gradual NATO expansion to the east. A first round of accession took place in 1999, with membership for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.