Addressing a leftist May Day rally in Kiev, the Ukrainian parliament’s Socialist chairman Oleksandr Moroz expressed concern that NATO’s eastward enlargement would lower the nuclear threshold. Moroz called for a European conference to convene in Kiev and work out security guarantees for Eastern Europe, including the newly independent states. He urged Ukraine’s government and political forces to campaign for such a conference. (Itar-Tass, May 1) The proposal would seem to hold out a security role for Russia and to contradict the Ukrainian government’s effort to avoid the creation of a "gray zone" between Russia and NATO.
Primakov to Strasbourg.