Skip to comments.Ukraine Crisis: NATO Chief Rasmussen Says No Russian Troop Withdrawal Seen
Posted on 04/01/2014 9:44:14 AM PDT by kristinn
NATO sees no sign that Russia is pulling its forces back from the border with Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday, despite Moscow's claim of a partial pullback.
The alliance's foreign ministers also decided to suspend all civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia, according to a joint statement.
"Unfortunately I cannot confirm that Russia is withdrawing its troops," Rasmussen said at the opening of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium.
"This is not what we're seeing. And this massive military buildup can in no way contribute to a de-escalation of the situation."
Concerns are high that Russia, which U.S. officials last week said had about 40,000 troops near the frontier, might seek to enter eastern Ukraine, after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea region last month.
NATO said it will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of Moscow's occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
A joint statement said "political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue," specifically at the ambassadorial level and above. NATO will review its relations with Russia at its next meeting in June, the statement added.
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Now NATO wants to expand its reach even further east. NATO made sense years ago when there was a well-defined Iron Curtain, but these days it’s a provocation.
NA stands for North Atlantic, for Pete’s sake.
The June meeting should be interesting. That will take place not long after the May elections in Ukraine. There’s bound to be social unrest either way the results go.
NATO Chief Rasmussen...did his poll results tell him this?
It’s Obama’s fault, but NATO will be the contributing cause. World War II has been over for more than 68 years, and Europe is fully recovered and united into a superpower now. It’s high time they figured out how to take care of themselves.
NATO is in the One World business now.
It has become what it was created to prevent.
Yep, whenever I want to know what’s going in Europe, I read CNN, the Communist News Network.
You weren’t serious about this crap thread, were you, kristinn?
This is a joke, right?