Brussels - US secretary of state John Kerry says Europe and
its allies want to avoid a "bidding war" over Ukraine's controversial
choice to turn away from closer Western ties.
In Brussels for a meeting of foreign ministers from Nato
member states, Kerry pointed on Tuesday to "unbelievable numbers" of
demonstrators in Ukraine. They oppose a decision by President Viktor Yanukovych
to set aside an agreement to deepen political and economic ties with the EU in
favour of Russia.
A Nato statement condemned the use of excessive force on
peaceful demonstrators and called on all sides to avoid "provocations and
Ukraine is a partner of the Atlantic alliance. Kerry said
Nato has no role to play, and is not contemplating one.
Protesters have showed no signs of letting up their