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Mar 19, 2014

Crimean crisis pushes NATO back to Russian focus

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For defense planners in Washington, London and Brussels, the sight of Russian forces pouring into their second neighbor in six years will overturn two decades of strategic assumptions.

The result of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defense cuts and a bigger U.S. military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea “sovereignty”

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

The moves heightened the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, following a disputed referendum in the Black Sea peninsula on Sunday in which Crimea’s leaders declared a Soviet-style, 97-percent vote to secede from Ukraine.

Mar 17, 2014

U.S., EU impose sanctions after Crimea applies to join Russia

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS, March 17 (Reuters) – The United States
and the European Union imposed sanctions including asset freezes
and travel bans on a small group of officials from Russia and
Ukraine after Crimea applied to join Russia on Monday following
a weekend referendum.

Crimea’s leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent result
in favour of seceding from Ukraine in a vote condemned as
illegal by Kiev and the West.

Mar 17, 2014

Crimea asks to join Russia after Soviet-style vote

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after its leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent result in favor of seceding from Ukraine in a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West that will trigger immediate sanctions.

European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels to decide on visa bans and asset freezes against Russian and Crimean officials held responsible for Moscow’s military seizure of the southern Ukrainian region that is home to its Black Sea fleet.

Mar 16, 2014

EU to adopt Russia sanctions as Crimea crisis deepens

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will raise the stakes in a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine on Monday by slapping sanctions on Russian officials, a day after voters in Ukraine’s Crimea region opted to join Russia in a referendum the EU condemned as illegal.

EU diplomats worked late into the night on Sunday, haggling over a list of people in Crimea and Russia who will be hit with travel bans and asset freezes for actions which “threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”

Mar 16, 2014

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension

BRUSSELS/LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Hackers brought down
several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in
what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over
growing tensions over Crimea.

The Western military alliance’s spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu,
said on social networking site Twitter that cyber attacks, which
began on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday, although most
services had now been restored.

Mar 14, 2014

Ukraine crisis hampers EU’s Central African Republic mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Ukraine crisis is hampering the European Union’s plans to send a peacekeeping force to Central African Republic because nervous eastern European countries want to keep their troops at home rather than send them to Africa, diplomats said on Friday.

The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to Central African Republic to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops, who have struggled to stop the fighting that started when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

Mar 13, 2014

Troop, equipment gaps threaten EU’s Central African Republic mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union plan to send a military force to keep the peace in Central African Republic is in jeopardy because of the failure of European governments to provide soldiers and equipment, EU sources said on Thursday.

The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to Central African Republic to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops, who have struggled to stop the fighting that started when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

Feb 27, 2014

NATO, Russia moving ahead with talks on Syria chemical arms mission-U.S

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Talks between NATO and Russia on a possible joint mission to protect a U.S. ship that will destroy Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons are moving ahead despite tensions over Ukraine, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, said NATO and Russia were discussing a possible joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the U.S. cargo ship Cape Ray due to destroy Syria’s toxins.

Feb 27, 2014

NATO to plan for all options in Afghanistan, including pullout

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defense ministers agreed on Thursday to plan for all options for the alliance’s future presence in Afghanistan including a possible pullout of all its troops this year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

With foreign troops due to end combat operations in Afghanistan at the close of 2014, NATO has been planning to keep a slimmed-down force there to train and assist Afghan forces who continue to battle Taliban insurgents.

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