NATO blocks Bush bid for Ukraine, Georgia

BUCHAREST, Romania But NATO did invite Albania and Croatia on Thursday to become members.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says the alliance is committed to bringing both Georgia and Ukraine aboard one day. But France and Germany blocked a U.S. drive to formally start that process, saying it would harm already strained relations with Russia.

NATO also decided Thursday not to bring Macedonia into the alliance, but plan to do so when the former Yugoslav republic settles its name dispute with Greece.

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