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US calls on Russia to be transparent, avoid risky Ukraine steps

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:25 PM
 
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, on Feb 27, 2014. Russia must be transparent about military exercises along Ukraine's border and not take any steps that could be misinterpreted or "lead to miscalculation during a delicate time," US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Russia must be transparent about military exercises along Ukraine's border and not take any steps that could be misinterpreted or "lead to miscalculation during a delicate time," US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday.

"I'm closely watching Russia's military exercises along the Ukrainian border," Mr Hagel said at a NATO news conference.

"I expect Russia to be transparent about these activities, and I urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time - a time of great tension."