Foreign Policy Ukraine pokes Russia, makes move toward NATO. Was it really necessary? (+video)

Just as tensions with Russia were easing, the Ukraine parliament took a step toward applying for NATO membership. But the move was largely symbolic, since Ukraine won't be joining NATO anytime soon.

By , Staff writer

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The Ukraine parliament’s vote Tuesday to nullify the country’s non-aligned status is largely a symbolic gesture and does not mean Ukraine will seek NATO membership any time soon.