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NATO suspends civilian and military cooperation with Russia

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels Tuesday released a statement of support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russian actions toward Ukraine. NATO members resolved "to strengthen Ukraine's ability to provide for its own security" and "to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia."
By JC Finley   |   April 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM   |   Comments

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April 1 (UPI) -- The Foreign Ministers of NATO released a statement Tuesday condemning "Russia's illegal military intervention in Ukraine and Russia's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

As a demonstration of NATO's commitment to Ukraine and opposition to Russia's actions, the foreign ministers resolved "to strengthen Ukraine's ability to provide for its own security" and to continue to suspend NATO relations with Russia.

"We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia. Our political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue, as necessary, at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis. We will review NATO’s relations with Russia at our next meeting in June."

"Our goal of a Euro-Atlantic region whole, free, and at peace has not changed," the foreign ministers declared "but has been fundamentally challenged by Russia." In order to move forward, "An independent, sovereign, and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and respect for human rights, minorities, and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security."

NATO will also be working to strengthen its ties with NATO partners in Eastern Europe.

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