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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.

Mar 31, 2014

NATO plans more support for east Europeans worried by Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will decide new steps on Tuesday to reinforce eastern European countries worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and on how to bolster Ukraine’s armed forces.

Diplomats said NATO foreign ministers will look at options ranging from stepped-up military exercises and sending more forces to eastern members states, to the permanent basing of alliance forces there – a step Moscow would view as provocative.

Mar 29, 2014

New help puts EU Central African Republic mission back on track

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The commander of a planned European Union peacekeeping force for Central African Republic has decided he now has enough soldiers and equipment to launch the delayed mission after governments came forward with new offers of help, the EU said on Saturday.

The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops struggling to stop a conflict that erupted after the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

Mar 28, 2014

NATO names Norway’s Stoltenberg as next leader

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO chose former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its next leader on Friday at a time when the Western military alliance must deal with a resurgent Russia following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Stoltenberg will take over as secretary-general of the 28-nation grouping on October 1, succeeding former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has led NATO since 2009.

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      "I am part of Reuters UK reporting team, writing mainly about UK politics and foreign policy. My previous postings with Reuters were in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and South Africa."
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