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Ukraine crisis: US suspends military cooperation with Russia: Pentagon

Published on Mar 4, 2014 10:38 AM
 
Armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand outside the civilian port in the Crimean town of Kerch on March 3, 2014. The United States has suspended defence cooperation with Russia because of Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine, the Pentagon said on March 3, 2014, urging Moscow to de-escalate the crisis. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has suspended defence cooperation with Russia because of Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine, the Pentagon said on Monday, urging Moscow to "de-escalate the crisis".

"We have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. The suspension covers "exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences, he added.

The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine, he said. "We call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and for Russian forces in Crimea to return to their bases, as required under the agreements governing the Russia Black Sea Fleet."

Rear-Adm Kirby also stressed that US forces have not altered their presence in the Black Sea or elsewhere in response to the crisis. "There has been no change to our military posture in Europe or the Mediterranean," he said.

 
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