US calls on Russia to be transparent, avoid risky Ukraine steps

BRUSSELS Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:16am EST

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BRUSSELS Feb 27 (Reuters) - Russia must be transparent about military exercises along Ukraine's border and not take any steps that could be misinterpreted or "lead to miscalculation during a delicate time," U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday.

"I'm closely watching Russia's military exercises along the Ukrainian border," Hagel said at a NATO news conference. "I expect Russia to be transparent about these activities, and I urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time -- a time of great tension." (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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