US SENATE BACKS NATO EXPANSION
The US Senate unanimously endorsed the entrance of Albania, Croatia, Georgia and Macedonia into NATO in a measure passed weeks before a summit of the alliance in Riga.
The Senate foreign relations chairman, Richard Lugar said the body supported "timely admission" into the Atlantic alliance for the four Eastern European states.
"If NATO is to continue to be the preeminent security alliance and serve the defense interests of its membership, it must continue to evolve and that evolution must include enlargement," Lugar said in a statement.
Adding that Washington should urge NATO members, who will meet in a summit in Riga on November 28/29, to consider offering alliance admission to Albania, Croatia, Georgia and Macedonia.
MD: Positive thing and that immediately after the Senate elections. They included nearly 20 million dollars in new security-related assistance for the four countries.