NATO Warns Russia Against Further Intervention In Ukraine

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Bulgaria: NATO Warns Russia Against Further Intervention In Ukraine NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO has warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine would be a "historic mistake" with grave consequences, reports BBC. 

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Moscow must pull back troops it has massed on the Ukrainian border.

"I urge Russia to step back and not escalate the situation in east Ukraine,"  Rasmussen said in Paris where he was attending a seminar on NATO reforms. 

He called on Russia to "pull back the tens of thousands of troops" it had massed on Ukraine's borders and "engage in a genuine dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities".

Meanwhile, the European Commission is setting up a special "Support Group for Ukraine" to co-ordinate assistance, an EU diplomatic source told BBC News.

The group will consist of several dozen people and its work could be extended to cover fellow ex-Soviet states Georgia and Moldova, the source added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, addressing a US Senate panel, said Russian special forces and agents had been "the catalyst behind the chaos of the last 24 hours".

Recent events, he said, "could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea".

A senior Russian parliamentarian, Senator Viktor Ozerov, stressed that President Putin could theoretically send troops anywhere in Ukraine under the powers given to him by parliament that allowed him to move forces into Crimea. 

Meanwhile, The Russian government claimed on Tuesday that there are more than 100 American “mercenaries” from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made the allegation in a statement that accused Ukrainian military forces of working with “illegal armed militias” and others, saying the ministry is “especially concerned” about the involvement of 150 American mercenaries from the private company Greystone Ltd., a former affiliate of Blackwater.

Greystone told US news outlets they had no comment on the Russian allegations.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters the claim “seems bogus to us” and Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, called it “rubbish.”

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Pessimistic - 10 Apr 2014 // 11:14:21

Just running the numbers of the number of posts Optimistic makes on a daily basis and yesterday he posted 19 times starting from 7 am to 11:30pm, literally the guy wakes up and doesn't stop posting in Novinite (doesn't even pause to take a shit)....Scary and creepy dude!

Seriously bro, I understand why you like the reds so much, anyone with a proper job would be unable to post every 10 minutes or so.....all welfare recipients are usually left-wing.

Optimistic, I think the solution to your all your life's problems is

Vladimir K. - 10 Apr 2014 // 09:53:10

Most of the things mentioned below are true, so I won't mention anything for this time.

The day that evil NATO falls down, will be marked as global world peace day. Russia at least doesn't invade countries for oil reasons. Nor pretend that all muslims are "terrorists".

Optimistic - 10 Apr 2014 // 08:38:11

Peter who cares about Libya. The oil and gas gets produced and exported and the West can deal with the loal warlords that run the place.

The Libyan people they are really suffereing.

Optimistic - 10 Apr 2014 // 08:33:01

There is a big difference between NATO and Russia.

NATO uses extreme deadly force, Russia talks with people, if places request to join the Russian Federation they have a vote in Parliament and the encourage referendums and elections.

I guess this is what worries NATO, referendums and people wanting self determination, peoples ligitimate aspirations and hopes in part of the Ukraine is in conflict with the desire by NATO to move eastwards.

So anyone getting in the way of NATO has to be stopped and people assisting NATO objectives get assistance and are recognised as legitimate although they are just facist thugs.

Peter7260 - 10 Apr 2014 // 01:56:54

Oh how true!
It is Ok to invade Iraq,Afganistan,Yugoslavija,but Russia cannot do same.NATO should take a hard look what kind of a mess you have left in those countries,including Libya.

Din'd NATO and Russia had an agreement not to invite countries to join NATO those who were in the Warsaw block?
Who is kidding whom?

sa-sha - 9 Apr 2014 // 13:44:24

Calm down, Rasmussen. You and Your USA/EU Diggers made a fine mess of it. Now shut up, please.

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