18:59 27-11-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
NATO chief urges Russia to pull back troops, "step back from the brink"

Bishkek (AKIpress) - NATO-poroshenko The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling its troops back from the Ukrainian border and warned further intervention in Ukraine would bring it greater isolation in the world, Reuters  reports.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the U.S.-led alliance's secretary general, made his call on Thursday during a visit to Ukraine in a show of solidarity after NATO warned of a possible invasion by Russia which, it said, had massed 20,000 troops near the frontier.

Saying Russia's support for the rebels was growing in "scale and sophistication", Rasmussen said: "I call on Russia to step back from the brink, step back from the border and not use peacekeeping as an excuse for war-making."

Earlier, he and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk discussed possible Western alliance support for Ukraine's defensive strength - excluding lethal aid - even as the Kiev government's forces continued losing men in clashes with pro-Russia separatists in the Russian-speaking east.

Rasmussen said the downing of flight MH17 with the deaths of all 298 people on board was a tragic consequence of Russia's "reckless" policy in Ukraine and he urged Moscow to end its support for the separatists and engage in "sincere dialogue" to bring peace.

Rasmussen, at his meeting with Yatseniuk, discussed the possibility of a proposed NATO trust fund to support Kiev's capabilities in such areas as command and control, communications and cyberdefence, the government said.

But the provision of lethal aid to Ukraine by the military alliance did not appear to have been discussed.

Asked about this at the news conference, said it was not a question for the alliance as such but for its individual members.


Twitterfacebookprint
09:40 08.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:49 Switzerland represents Latvia in visa matters in Kyrgyzstan17:43 UNHCR, State Registration Service update action plan on prevention and reduction of statelessness17:39 Kyrgyzstan presents online performances of manaschy, Kyrgyz folk music to Czech Republic and Malaysia17:31 Kyrgyzstan needs to attract $7 billion of investments annually – Economy Minister17:22 Kyrgyzstan lacks accurate data on total number of cattle – MP17:14 Health Ministry working to prevent introduction, spread of Ebola virus in Kyrgyzstan – Government17:02 Polish entrepreneurs reportedly set to build car factory in Kochkor district17:00 Oil price at four-year low as Opec meets16:56 Uzbekistan proposes Russia to export vegetables directly without Kazakhstan's intervention – Deputy PM16:55 U.S. Ambassador to hold public lecture on cooperation with OSCE on Central Asia's security issues16:49 Bishkek City Council approves allotment of 3 mln som for development of hostel for persons of no fixed abode16:40 Czech President completes his official visit to Tajikistan16:39 Vice PM of Kyrgyzstan, Federal Government Commissioner of Germany discuss cultural and humanitarian cooperation16:29 Kazakh delegation participates in General Assembly of International Exhibitions Bureau16:13 3,405 documents for permanent residence processed in January-September 201416:02 National Institute for Strategic Studies, Institute of Central Asia Studies at Shaanxi Normal University sign memo of cooperation15:50 Ombudsman: 60% of appeals, complaints fall at law enforcement, judicial agencies15:44 $13 million tax debt of Tajikistani railway company written off - decree15:40 Education Ministry introduces AVN system to improve efficiency of public services in education sector15:23 Tajikistan blocks drug supply chain from Afghanistan to CIS countries
Astana
-12° C
Ashgabat
+6° C
Bishkek
-4° C
Dushanbe
+7° C
Tashkent
+2° C
exchange rates
 
71.82
57.58
9.40
1.24
225.49
180.87
29.47
3.88
6.34
5.09
0.83
0.11
3042.15
2388.25
390.42
56.91
3.55
2.85
0.46
0.06

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75