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Nato chief says Russia threatens Europe's 'peace and security'

Published on Mar 2, 2014 8:19 PM
 
Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia on Sunday, Mar 2, 2014, to stop its military activity and threats against Ukraine, saying Moscow's action threatened "peace and security in Europe". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia on Sunday to stop its military activity and threats against Ukraine, saying Moscow's action threatened "peace and security in Europe."

"Russia must stop its military activity and its threats," he said in a brief statement before opening crisis talks with NATO's 28 ambassadors. "Today we will discuss the implications for European security."

Speaking as Ukraine's interim authorities accused Russia of triggering "a red alert" with what was "actually a declaration of war", Mr Rasmussen said he had convened the North Atlantic Council "because of President Putin's threats against this sovereign nation."

"What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and its threats."

 
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