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NATO Suspends Cooperation with the Russian Government

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April 1, 2014

RUSSIA - In response to the continuing reports of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, NATO has determined that it will suspend “all practical civilian and military cooperation” with Moscow.  The move comes after extended tension between the government of President Vladimir Putin and the West, which has come to a height after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March.  Tensions between Ukrainians and ethnic Russians in the peninsula had been high after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Earlier this week, the German government announced that Putin had agreed to a partial withdrawal; however, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed doubt at the announcement, arguing that, on the contrary, the military presence on the border remained high.  U.S. estimates from last week placed around 40,000 Russian troops on country’s western border.

Yet the tension appears far from letting up.  Russian oil company Gazprom recently announced a rate hike for Ukraine, while the International Monetary Fund has agreed to $18 billion over the next two years, conditional on reforms.  On the diplomatic front, Russia has been removed from the G7 group of major economies.

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