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Germany scraps major arms deal with Russia due to Ukraine crisis: Report

Published on Aug 4, 2014 8:49 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany has decided to scrap a major deal to provide a fully-equipped training camp to Russian forces due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has "withdrawn his authorisation" for the training camp project, which had already been halted in March due to Moscow's "indefensible" annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said it had seen a "written document" including the decision to scrap the 100-million-euro (S$167-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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