Monday, March 3, 2014

NATO condemns Russia's actions in Ukraine

NATO has issued a statement condemning Russia's military escalation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen convened an emergency meeting of ambassadors from 28 member countries in Brussels on Sunday.

In a statement after the discussion, Rasmussen said NATO is calling on Russia to de-escalate tensions, withdraw its forces, and refrain from interfering elsewhere in Ukraine.

NATO is also urging Ukraine's interim government and Russia to immediately seek a peaceful solution through bilateral dialogue with international help.

The alliance is calling on both parties to seek the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the UN Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

NATO says it intends to discuss the situation in Ukraine soon with senior Russian government officials.