Nato to step up pressure on Russia

BRUSSELS - Nato foreign ministers are due to discuss ways to help Ukraine and reassure allies in Eastern Europe, at a meeting in Brussels.

It is the first time ministers from the 28 member states of the alliance have convened since Russia's takeover of Crimea caused a diplomatic crisis.

Nato has also bolstered air drills to be held over the Baltic states.

On Monday, Russia ordered a partial withdrawal of its troops near the eastern border of Ukraine.

Moscow is believed to have massed tens of thousands of soldiers there in recent days, causing alarm in Kiev and the West.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel he had ordered the pullback, according to the German government.

Meanwhile, Russian energy firm Gazprom is increasing the price it charges Ukraine for gas from Tuesday.

Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller said the price of Russian gas for Ukraine had gone up to $385.5 (£231) per 1,000 cubic metres in the second quarter of 2014 from the previous rate of $268.5.

Mr Miller added that Ukraine's unpaid gas bills to Russia stood at $1.7bn.

Comments (3)

Why should NATO bother with this emperor wannabe when he is going to self-destruct. This is just a funny guy who is trying to use 20th century tools for 21st century problems. NATO should go and play golf and leave this guy to speed up his journey to perdition. He wont be missed just like his good old friend Stalin was not missed.

gutter poet - 1 April 2014

It is time for another war. the last one is a long way off. The world population needs trimming. this one must last at least 5 years jusst to reshape the world

Outsider - 2 April 2014

Dont just laugh Russia off. Obama doesn't laugh about Russia, because he knows the military potential of these people. The West should in the first place not use money to distabilise Russia's neighbours, like they have done in Libya and Syria. Russia is sensitive to these machinations, and has the means and will to respond. Do not overestimate Nato, just because they have destroyed Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. They will soon meet their match if they continue to be careless, and those who are clamouring for war like Outsider, will see that the scale of a war between Russia and Nato will certainly have effects right down to Kuwadzana, where Outsider thinks he is safe. It wont be guns and small bombs as usual. It will be big bombs this time that will shake this whole world.

machakachaka - 2 April 2014

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