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Germany scraps major arms deal with Russia

Published on Aug 4, 2014 5:40 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany has stopped a major deal to provide a fully equipped training camp to Russian forces due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the government said Monday.

Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has withdrawn his authorisation for the training camp project, which had already been put on hold in March due to Moscow's "indefensible" annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, his spokesman said.

The spokesman confirmed a report in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung citing a document including the decision to scrap the 100-million-euro (S$174-million) contract.

Russia previously called the decision to halt the arms deal "unconstructive", accusing Berlin of acting under pressure from the United States.

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