North Atlantic Treaty Organization to hold a second meeting on Ukraine

NATO to hold 2nd meeting on Ukraine

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:36:53 GMT

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says it will hold its second emergency meeting in 48 hours on the situation in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that the 28 member states’ ambassadors are to review developments in Ukraine on Tuesday.

“Developments in and around Ukraine are seen to constitute a threat to neighboring allied countries and having direct and serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area,” Rasmussen stated.

He also added, “Under article 4 of the (North Atlantic) Treaty, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.”

According to NATO, Rasmussen has also contacted the Russian ambassador to the alliance in order to propose “an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday.”

Moscow is expected to consider the proposal and express its views about it on Tuesday.

NATO’s Tuesday meeting follows a similar gathering at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Sunday, held to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

The gathering came after Ukraine’s interim government called for NATO support against Russia, whose upper house of parliament approved on Saturday a presidential request to deploy troops to the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine.

The UN Security Council also held an open meeting on the crisis in Ukraine on Monday, which was the third meeting of the Security Council since Friday.

Ukraine has been gripped by unrest since November 2013, when now-ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

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