World Bulletin/News Desk
Russia has agreed to a meeting with representatives from NATO on Wednesday to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.
"I have just been informed that the Russian Federation has agreed to the summoning of a NATO-Russia council meeting for tomorrow," she told a committee hearing in the Italian parliament.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian and Russian governments have begun high-level contacts on the crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday.
"Consultations have started at the level of ministers," he told reporters but gave no details.
Yatseniuk reiterated that Russia should withdraw forces back to bases in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea and hald actions which he said threatened to destabilise the region. President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort.Last Mod: 04 Mart 2014, 17:49