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Apr 9, 2014

Russia says four-way talks on Ukraine must foster internal dialogue

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia told the West on Wednesday that four-way talks between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and European Union must focus on fostering dialogue among Ukrainians and not on bilateral relations among the participants.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivered the message in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Foreign Ministry said. It said Lavrov and Kerry urged all sides to refrain from violence in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Apr 8, 2014

NATO to triple Baltic air patrol from next month

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will triple its usual number of fighter jets patrolling over the Baltics next month to beef up its eastern European defenses due to tension with Russia over Ukraine, a NATO military official said on Tuesday.

Four NATO fighters are usually based in the Baltics but the United States, which currently has responsibility for patrolling the skies there, increased that to 10 F-15s to reassure those states following Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Apr 8, 2014

Ukraine counts on NATO allies for help with non-lethal equipment

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine, locked in confrontation with Russia, is counting on the United States and other NATO members to supply equipment ranging from uniforms to aircraft fuel but is not asking for weapons, its ambassador to NATO said on Tuesday.

NATO officials say Russia has amassed around 40,000 troops near Ukraine’s border and unrest in eastern Ukraine has led to fears that Russian forces could intervene there as they did in Crimea.

Apr 3, 2014

Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in 3-5 days

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine’s border if it were to decide to carry out an “incursion” into the country, and it could achieve its objective in three to five days, NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday.

Calling the situation “incredibly concerning”, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said NATO had spotted signs of movement by a very small part of the Russian force overnight but had no indication that this was part of a withdrawal to barracks.

Apr 2, 2014

NATO, Russia dispute over Crimea disrupts Afghan cooperation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s decision to suspend cooperation with Russia will affect their cooperation in countering the flow of Afghan opium and keeping Afghan military helicopters flying, a NATO official said on Wednesday.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday that the alliance was suspending military and civilian cooperation with Moscow after its forces occupied Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Apr 2, 2014

Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in 3-5 days: NATO general

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine’s border if it were to decide to carry out an “incursion” into the country and it could achieve its objective in three to five days, NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday.

Calling the situation “incredibly concerning”, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said NATO had spotted signs of movement by a very small part of the Russian force overnight but had no indication that it was returning to barracks.

Apr 2, 2014

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defenses and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.

Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, U.S.-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region touched off the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Apr 2, 2014

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.

Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, U.S.-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region touched off the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Apr 1, 2014

NATO to bolster forces in east Europe, sees no Russian pullback

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – NATO studied new steps to
bolster its military presence in eastern Europe on Tuesday while
saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of
thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border.

Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western
military alliance met in Brussels for the first time since
Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea
region triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Apr 1, 2014

NATO sees no sign of Russian pullback from Ukraine border

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO sees no sign that Russia is withdrawing troops from the Ukraine border and will look at all options to boost the alliance’s defences, its secretary-general said on Tuesday.

Ministers from the 28 alliance members are meeting in Brussels for the first time since Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

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