"[German Chancellor Angela] Merkel stressed that the issue of Ukraine's membership does not concern anyone else. "It cannot be that other countries that don't belong to the alliance are discussing this issue," Merkel said. "It is a question for Ukraine and NATO." Merkel also said that Ukraine has made strong progress toward further integration with the European Union." http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/21/europe/EU-Ukraine-Germany.php
It's great to see European nations starting to coalesce in support of Ukraine's integration into European institutions. I have also read a recent article in Ukrainian press that the Czech Republic is opening an office in Dnipropetrovsk with the goal of increasing support for NATO in that part of Ukraine and "sharing with Ukrainians which mistakes to avoid in the integration process".
So, Angela Merkel telling the Russians it is none of the business whether Ukraine joins NATO, is welcome news indeed.