Warsaw Pact leaders met in Moscow Thursday for a summit on the future of an alliance drastically changed in the aftermath of the democracy movement that swept Eastern Europe.
Except for the Soviet hosts, most of the heads of government, heads of state and defense and foreign ministers at Thursday's meeting were new to the Warsaw Treaty Organization's "political consultative committee."Old-style Communists were swept from power throughout Eastern Europe in last fall's democracy movement, and the new leaders no longer take their orders from Moscow.
The new Warsaw Pact governments have been demanding better trade deals and more equal relations with their former bosses in Moscow and are pushing Soviet troops out of their territory.
The focus of Thursday's meeting was the issue of the future of European alliances in general and specifically the possible NATO membership of a united Germany. President Mikhail Gorbachev was also to brief the leaders on his recent summit with President Bush.