Nato mulls East Europe expansion


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BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Nato mulls East Europe expansion

Nato defence ministers are continuing their meeting in the Polish city of Krakow, with Georgia and Ukraine's hopes for membership on the agenda.
Strained relations
The BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Krakow says the discussions at the summit on Friday will focus on Georgia and Ukraine, the two former members of the Soviet bloc whose aspiration to join Nato has severely strained relations with Moscow.

Our correspondent says some believe that Kyrgyzstan's decision to close the Manas air base was due to pressure from Moscow - a way for Russia to show its continuing opposition to countries in its former sphere of influence joining Nato.

The Kyrgyz government denies that it came under pressure from Russia to close the base following a promise of more than $2bn (£1.4bn) in financial assistance.
Nonetheless, Nato has not ruled out improving its relations with Moscow, despite the chill last year when Russia fought a brief war with Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, our correspondent says.
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