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NATO for­eign min­is­ters have or­dered the sus­pen­sion of all prac­ti­cal civil­ian and mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sia, in re­sponse to its re­cent takeover of the Crimean penin­sula. Dur­ing a meet­ing in Brussels, Bel­gium, min­is­ters con­demned Rus­sia’s il­le­gal mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in Ukraine, and urged the coun­try to en­gage in di­a­logue to­wards find­ing a po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic so­lu­tion that re­spects both in­ter­na­tional law and Ukraine’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised borders. NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­ders Fogh Ras­mussen said Rus­sia, through its ac­tions, had cho­sen to un­der­mine the very foun­da­tions upon which our co­op­er­a­tion is built. The min­is­ters said in a joint state­ment that the po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue in the NATO-Rus­sia Coun­cil will con­tinue, as nec­es­sary, at the am­bas­sado­rial level and above, to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­change of views on the cri­sis. The min­is­ters said that they would re­view NATOs re­la­tions with Rus­sia at their next meet­ing in June. In ad­di­tion, in a sep­a­rate meet­ing with the Ukrainian For­eign Min­is­ter, An­drii Deshchyt­sia, the min­is­ters agreed to in­ten­sify co­op­er­a­tion to sup­port Ukraine’s de­fence re­forms.

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