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Lavrov seeks NATO explanation for enhanced defense in East Europe

NATO foreign ministers met Tuesday in Brussels, where they resolved to enhance collective security in response to Russian aggression toward Ukraine.

By JC Finley
Lavrov seeks NATO explanation for enhanced defense in East Europe
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, pictured in 2013. (UPI/Maryam Rahmanian) | License Photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented Thursday on NATO's decision earlier this week to enhance security of its eastern bloc member states, asking NATO to explain itself.

"Russia-NATO relations are based on certain rules, particularly the Rome Declaration, under which no country has a right to deploy additional troops in East European states," Lavrov said after a meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov.

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Lavrov said he expects NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to explain himself.

On Tuesday, NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and to review NATO relations with Russia.

At that meeting, NATO members issued a statement condemning "Russia's illegal military intervention in Ukraine and Russia's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The members resolved to suspend relations with Russia, strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend itself, and enhance its collective security.

NATO forces have deployed air support to the Baltic region, and the U.S. has contributed 10 F-15s with offers of more military equipment.

ITAR-TASS News Agency]

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