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.
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.
In addition to the above developments, other developments that took place in relation to Ukraine crisis were
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When: 1 April 2014
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