Parliamentary deputies applaud after a renouncing of Ukraine's "non-aligned" status during a session of a parliament in Kiev
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Cheers as Ukraine drops neutrality

Ukraine's parliament votes to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, a move quickly criticised by Russia.

Ukraine's parliament has voted to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the move "counterproductive" and said it would boost tensions.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pledged to seek Nato membership over Russian support for rebels in the east.

David Stern reports from Kiev.

  • 23 Dec
  • From the section Europe