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NATO suspended all co-operations with Russia over Ukraine crisis

Apr 3, 2014 12:48 IST

NATO condemning the annexation as illegal on 1 April 2014 suspended all cooperation with Russia over the Crimea crisis. It also questioned Moscow’s claim to withdraw troops from near the Ukrainian border.

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The decision to suspend all cooperation ¬ civilian and military - with Russia was taken at the first meet of the Foreign Minister’s of the 28-member NATO bloc since the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The NATO’s Foreign Minister meet was held at Brussels, Belgium.

Besides, it was also agreed to look at options including situating permanent military bases in the Baltic states to reassure members in Eastern Europe. Russia's actions in Ukraine have caused concern in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which were part of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

NATO Foreign Ministers also decided to use their  jet planes in air patrols in the region later. It will be a routine exercise which analysts feel has added significance due to the crisis.

It was also agreed not to renew the cooperation on counter-narcotics operation in Afghanistan after the current session.

However, the Foreign Ministers of NATO agreed to continue dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council  at ambassadorial level so as to allow exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis. Also Russia's mission at NATO would remain open but only to discuss the Ukraine crisis.

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In addition to the above developments, other developments that took place in relation to Ukraine crisis were

  • Russian energy firm Gazprom announced an increase of the price it charges Ukraine for gas from 1 April 2014.
  • Ukraine's parliament ordered security services to disarm all illegal armed groups.
  • Members of Parliament of Ukraine voted to allow to hold joint military exercises with NATO and other nations on Ukrainian soil
  • Russia's upper house of parliament voted to pull out of a treaty with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet's presence in Crimea
  • The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to back a bill providing aid to Ukraine and imposing certain sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea.

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