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Russia aims to change eastern Europe security landscape: US

Published on Apr 30, 2014 2:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Russia is seeking to "change the security landscape of eastern Europe," US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, calling on Moscow "to leave Ukraine in peace."

Speaking at an event about US-Europe ties at the Atlantic Council think-tank, the top US diplomat warned "NATO territory is inviolable," adding "we will defend every single piece of it."

"The events in Ukraine are a wake-up call," Mr Kerry said as fresh violence erupted in eastern Ukraine Tuesday when thousands of pro-Russian protesters stormed key buildings in the city of Lugansk.

"Our European allies have spent more than 20 years with us working to integrate Russia into the Euro-Atlantic community. It is not as if we really haven't bent over backwards to try to set a new course in the post-Cold War era," he said.

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