NATO demanded today (Thursday) that Moscow withdraw its troops from the Ukraine. This came as President Barack Obama and western allies held a summit to bolster defenses against Russia in the most dramatic strategic shift since the days of the Cold War, according to a report by Reuters.
As Western leaders discussed increased and tougher sanctions against Russia’s fighting in the eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin hinted at the prospect of a ceasefire in the five-month revolt by pro-Russian separatists.
At a meeting of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen declared at a meeting between 28 NATO leaders and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Wales, “We call upon Russia to end the illegal, self-declared Crimean annexation. We call upon Russia to pull back its troops and to stop the flow of arms, fighting forces and funding to the separatists.”
The statement has set the tone for the two-day meeting marking the most sensational east-west standoff since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the cessation of the Soviet bloc.