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Ukraine seeks joint US war games after Crimea takeover

Published on Mar 26, 2014 5:28 PM
 
Olexander Turchynov, speaker of the Ukrainian parliament and interim Ukrainian president (centre) answers questions during an exlusive interview in Kiev on March 11, 2014. Ukraine's acting president asked parliamentary approval on Wednesday for a set of military exercises with Nato partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia's forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's acting president asked parliamentary approval on Wednesday for a set of military exercises with Nato partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia's forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov's request came as the chief of Russia's general staff announced in Moscow that his forces were now in full control of all 193 military bases Ukraine had in the Black Sea region prior to its seizure by Kremlin forces at the start of the month.

Mr Turchynov said Ukraine would like to conduct two sets of military exercises with the United Sates this summer - Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze - that have prompted disquiet in Russia in previous years.

Ukraine is planning two additional manuevers with Nato member Poland as well joint ground operations with Moldova and Romania.

 
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