NATO hits out at Russia over Crimea involvement

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NATO has chosen to cease all staff level meetings with their Russian counterparts whilst announcing a full review of its relationship with Moscow.

NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, also said further ties would be sought with Ukraine:

“At the same time, we will step up our engagement with the Ukrainian civilian and military leadership. We will strengthen our efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military, including with more joint training and exercises.”

The US has also said that a small number of fighter jets will be sent to the Baltic to bolster NATO’s presence there.

The moves come in a bid to pressure Moscow into backing down from its current stance in Crimea.

Reacting to the announcements the Kremlin said NATO was applying Cold War standards to Russia.