WASHINGTONThe U.S. Senate has unanimously ratified the admission of seven Eastern European nations to NATO, and President George W. Bush declared the United States "proud to call them allies."By a vote of 96 to 0, the Senate approved May 8 opening up membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. No vote in the House of Representatives is required.The seven were officially invited to join the alliance at the NATO summit in Prague in November 2002. Their membership must be ratified by the legislatures of all 19 cu...
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