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NATO chief calls on Russia to "step back"

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:09

April 8 - NATO Secretary General calls for Russia to ''step back'' from Ukraine after Ukrainian police arrest about 70 ''separatists'' for seizing building. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Police detain 70 pro-Moscow protesters occupying a regional administration building in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says the seizure of public buildings in its mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland is a replay of events in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed last month. The Interior Minister says it took 18 minutes to clear the building Monday, pinning responsibility for occupation on Russian leader Vladimir Putin. After meetings with French President Francois Hollande, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is calling on Russia to back off. (SOUNDBITE) (French) NATO SECRETARY GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN SAYING: "Our position is very clear. The Russian actions in Ukraine are illegal, illegitimate, and we asked Russia to step back." While separatists are cleared from a building in one city -- others are preparing for a long siege hoping for a future with Russia.

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NATO chief calls on Russia to "step back"

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:09