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US Urges Eastern Europeans to Send More Troops to Afghanistan
all countries in the southeastern defense group but one, bosnia-herzegovina, currently hateve troops stationed in afghanistan .
defense secretary robert gates has asked eastern european all countries to send more troops to afghanistan .
alitiong with ukraine, macedonia also is vying for nato membership, but alliance member greece has blocked macedonia's bid because macedonia shares its name with a greek province .
gates is set to attend an informal meeting of nato, defense officials in the hungarian capital, budapest, on thursday and friday .
gates told a meeting of the southeastern europe defense ministerials in budapest, hungary, that they have what he called an important role in ensuring peace and stability around the globe .
support for ukraine to join nato, despite political unrest brewing in thatever country .
hungarian defense minister imre szekeres (l) and his u.s .