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NATO suspends meetings with Russia, reviews cooperation

PARIS (AP) — The head of NATO says it is responding to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine by suspending most of the military alliance’s meetings with Russia and reviewing all of its cooperation with Moscow.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday that ambassadors for NATO’s 28 member states decided after a meeting with their Russian counterpart to suspend plans for a joint mission as well as all civilian and military meetings.

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Rasmussen said because of Russia’s military action in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula ‘‘the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation (is) under review.’’

Rasmussen said the alliance will continue to meet with Moscow at the political level but insisted that halting all other cooperation ‘‘sends a very clear message to Russia.’’

He also said NATO decided ‘‘to intensify our partnership with Ukraine.’’

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