NATO to Discuss Stronger Response to Crimean Crisis
NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels Tuesday to talk about a stronger response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region.
This is the first senior-level NATO gathering since the crisis in Ukraine began last month.
So far, NATO has increased air patrols over the Baltics and the United States is planning more intense military exercises with Poland.
Diplomats say the ministers could decide to step up NATO military exercises or possibly set up permanent bases in Eastern Europe, closer to the Russian border.
Russia pulled back hundreds of troops from its border with Ukraine, Monday, but tens of thousands still remain.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the Russian forces are creating a "climate of fear" inside Ukraine.
Official Says Search for Malaysian Plane 'Could Drag On'
An Australian official has warned that the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane "could drag on for a long time" as crews continue to try to find any trace of the aircraft more than three weeks after it vanished.
Former defense chief Angus Houston, who is leading a new joint coordination agency, said 10 military aircraft are working Tuesday searching an area in the Indian Ocean described as the size of Ireland. He said the task has been difficult because the last known location of the plane is far from where it appears to have gone.
He said the search was the most challenging he has seen, and that so far search crews have not found anything connected to the plane that went missing March 8 with 239 people on board.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is due to travel to Australia on Wednesday.