Iraq’s future is one of the items on the agenda of NATO members meeting in Brussels but the hot topic of the day is Ukraine’s political crisis. In a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council the alliance’s Secretary-General is expected to issue a warning to Russia; “On Ukraine the message (to the Russians) will be what it has been since the beginning, that the Ukrainian people decide in free and fair elections who their President will be, and I think that yesterday’s developments (NOTE: vote in the parliament) are a good sign in that direction”.He was referring to Ukraine’s parliament passing a series of laws and constitutional changes, including tighter control of the electoral process. Colin Powell is due to meet his Russian counterpart during his last visit to Europe in his capacity as U.S. Foreign Minister. At a conference in Bulgaria earlier this week the two clashed over Ukraine.
They accused each other’s countries of meddling in the affairs of the ex-Soviet state. Meanwhile NATO has called off a meeting between its Foreign Ministers and their Ukrainian counterpart. A source of the alliance said the Foreign Minister of a “new and legitimate government” will be invited to Brussels as soon as possible.