Rasmussen: it would be "historic mistake" for Russia to move further into Ukraine
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:24
April 2 - NATO's chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says further Russian intervention in Ukraine would be an ''historic mistake'' that would isolate Russia even more. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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NATO issues another warning to Russia as Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warns Moscow about moving further into Ukraine.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO SECRETARY GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN, SAYING:
"If Russia were to intervene further in Ukraine, I wouldn't hesitated, hesitate, to call it an historic mistake. That would lead to further isolation, international isolation of Russia. It would have far reaching consequences."
NATO suspended cooperation with Russia - a move a spokesman from Russia's Foreign Ministry says was a throw back to the Cold War.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH, SAYING:
"The decision by the NATO Council of Foreign Ministers to suspend practical military and civil cooperation with Russia creates a sense of 'deja vu'. The language of the statements rather resembles the verbal jousting of the 'Cold War' era."
Earlier, NATO's top military commander said Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine's border, if it were to decide to move further into Ukraine. He said Moscow could achieve its objective in three to five days.
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