The unhappy customer base in Eastern Europe is holding meetings today in Ukraine, and that group is takings sides with Ukraine.
The talks, which bring together some of Moscow's toughest Eastern European critics, was organized with unusual speed and secrecy and announced just hours before it began.Meanwhile, Prime Minister V. Putin of Russia is meeting with German Chancellor A. Merkel today.
Participants include Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic, and Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanii, according to a Ukrainian statement.
All this in run-up to the 17.January meeting in Moscow called in answer to an E.U. request for an all-parties round of talks.