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NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia
Fox ^ | 4-1-2014 | AP

Posted on 04/01/2014 10:14:08 AM PDT by tcrlaf

NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.

The 28-member alliance, the keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, was reacting to its most serious crisis in years: Russia's unilateral annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which the U.S. and its allies have condemned as an illegal land grab.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other ministers, meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels behind closed doors, unanimously agreed Tuesday on a number of measures.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: crimea; defcon; europeanunion; france; germany; nato; russia; secstatekerry; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; unitedkingdom; waronterror
-- The suspension of "all practical civilian and military cooperation" between NATO and Russia. NATO officials said ambassadorial-level contacts will remain open to assure a reliable channel of communication.

-- The possible deployment and reinforcement of military assets in eastern NATO members, such as Poland and the Baltic states, that feel menaced by Moscow's latest actions.

---- A possible increase of readiness levels for the NATO rapid response force.

---- A possible review of NATO's crisis response plans, as well as its military training and exercise schedules.

1 posted on 04/01/2014 10:14:08 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Oh Russia’s quaking in their boots now.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 10:14:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: tcrlaf

Obama can’t stand Putin one-upping him. Why does this feel like Obama trying to “Butch-up”?

Over-reaction by weak leaders has been the cause of many wars in human history.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 10:15:52 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Is Obama even involved in this? I think the eastern edge of NATO is nervous.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 10:18:16 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: tcrlaf

How is that “overreaction”? Should they continue cooperating with aggressor?


5 posted on 04/01/2014 10:18:38 AM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: tcrlaf

One has to wonder why it is still being said we are sending russia money and arms? Is this a lie?


6 posted on 04/01/2014 10:21:24 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Samogon

Because it is an invitation to Russia to cut off NASA cooperation, meaning we have no way to get to the ISS, that we paid/are paying for, as well as cutting off the main supply rout to Afghanistan.

IMO, this may force Putin to ratchet things up, as well.


7 posted on 04/01/2014 10:26:45 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Interesting Tweet:

German FM says “I don’t see any way which would allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO”


8 posted on 04/01/2014 10:31:18 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf
NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia

Like they ever had any.................

9 posted on 04/01/2014 10:31:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: tcrlaf

Yes, it is said America is Wanted ... Mostly Dead.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 10:32:17 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

What is “Butch-up?” and why do you know about it?


11 posted on 04/01/2014 10:34:00 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: tcrlaf

Russia has Zero fear of Europe. And Russia now has Zero fear of USA, either, given the Obama/Kerry farce ... and the amazingly rapid decay of our morals and culture in the last 4 or 5 years especially ... (something Putin is very conscious, and critical, of)....

such as the latest:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/03/31/Dennis-Rodman-Plays-Basketball-in-Drag


12 posted on 04/01/2014 10:34:25 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: tcrlaf; everyone

Yes, obama plays with a loaded obamacare on this the back of Americans. Ready to thank a democrat yet?


13 posted on 04/01/2014 10:35:16 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: married21

It is. It’s very nervous. For them, it’s a real fear. But these former Soviet colonies are disdained for wanting to be free and independent. The benighted Putinsita goober brigade on FReeRepublic think that all issues are about Obama and their beloved Putin.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 10:36:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Yes, bad medicine ...


15 posted on 04/01/2014 10:37:04 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

NATO is a relic of the Cold War and a crippled Europe. Now Europe is recovered, united, and needs to be responsible for itself. The United States is in an entangling alliance that it needs to get out of pronto.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Doing this on the anniversary of Nato’s intervention in Serbia, a former Russian client, is a double slap in the face to Russia, and won’t change the situation on the ground at all.

I see it as an unnecessary escalation, while doing the REAL things that would cost Russia in the long-term, like developing the US’s own energy resources, are too politically-incorrect to even consider for these people.

When I see the Belgians, or the Dutch moving troops into Estonia or Lithuania, I might start considering NATO (meaning Obama) to be serious. Until then, this is just posturing, and useless escalation.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 10:44:02 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Yes, this bed of roses has thorns. Is okay.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 10:59:44 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

And Russian’s not invited to the yacht club’s Easter party either...


19 posted on 04/01/2014 11:01:26 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: tcrlaf

When I see the Belgians, or the Dutch moving troops into Estonia or Lithuania, I might start considering NATO (meaning Obama) to be serious. Until then, this is just posturing, and useless escalation.

************

You won’t see that, but you already know this.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 11:07:15 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Psalm 144

Yes, posturing every single time leave one drowning in the blood.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 11:12:25 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

But...but....we’re a “Global Force for Good.”


22 posted on 04/01/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

As we search ...


23 posted on 04/01/2014 11:13:24 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

Quick on the draw, aren’t they?


24 posted on 04/01/2014 11:13:32 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: dfwgator

One more try? Forever and today?


25 posted on 04/01/2014 11:15:08 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Night Hides Not

Yes, I’m not but it is tough.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 11:17:35 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dfwgator

May I live on a prayer?


27 posted on 04/01/2014 11:18:43 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Putin could suspend taking our astronauts to the space station.


28 posted on 04/01/2014 11:19:18 AM PDT by dforest
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To: dfwgator

Hold on ... Ready or Not!


29 posted on 04/01/2014 11:20:04 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: married21
Is Obama even involved in this

That was my thought. Obama was on his way home to watch playoff basketball, and Kerry turned back to Europe. It seems as if the grownups, both sides, wanted to figure it out with Obama preoccupied and in DC.

30 posted on 04/01/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT by grania
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To: tcrlaf

NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia

Umm... wasn't NATO formed to counter Russia in the first place?

31 posted on 04/01/2014 11:21:21 AM PDT by McGruff (prop.a.gan.da - information of a biased or misleading nature)
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To: dforest

Yes, I love it when they say we can’t break FREE!


32 posted on 04/01/2014 11:21:41 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Yes, I’m not shining like a diamond.


33 posted on 04/01/2014 11:29:24 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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It’s all the same ... the traveling takes me home.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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There is the bottle I drink ...


35 posted on 04/01/2014 11:34:21 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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What is playing for keeps?


36 posted on 04/01/2014 11:35:38 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Bad medicine ?!? I’ll go watch Grandson and watch for miracles. Grandson went two for three last time, and they lost.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 11:43:52 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Stand up for what you believe, please.


38 posted on 04/01/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Yes, I believe, God has a plan. Of course all night is all right.


39 posted on 04/01/2014 11:55:38 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf
Will this affect NATO's ability to fight for the Muslim
narco-terrorist takeover of eastern European countries?
40 posted on 04/01/2014 11:57:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

To the night ... a huge Hello.


41 posted on 04/01/2014 12:00:41 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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No matter where you are; no matter where you are ... Go Home!


42 posted on 04/01/2014 12:07:06 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: everyone; Lazamataz

Yes, it is called satisfaction guaranteed and it’s name was Laz. ‘I hit it’ ...


43 posted on 04/01/2014 12:10:45 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: everyone

Now pardon me as I go screaming for the exit .... AHHHHHHHH!


44 posted on 04/01/2014 12:12:00 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

When did you ever have boots on the ground? When did you ever risk your life for your country or a cause you believe in?


45 posted on 04/01/2014 12:54:25 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Genoa
NATO is a relic of the Cold War and a crippled Europe. Now Europe is recovered, united, and needs to be responsible for itself.

Agree.

NATO has outlived its usefulness to the United States and now risks becoming a serious geo-political impediment, in addition to a drain on the Treasury.

The US should be looking for an exit strategy.

46 posted on 04/01/2014 1:10:31 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck

Somebody has to free up the euros to pay for those expensive social programs.


47 posted on 04/01/2014 1:13:19 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: tcrlaf
Russia,

I Unfriend you.


48 posted on 04/01/2014 1:13:25 PM PDT by McGruff (prop.a.gan.da - information of a biased or misleading nature)
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To: elhombrelibre

When did you ever have boots on the ground?
My boots were in the air....

When did you ever risk your life for your country or a cause you believe in?
When the Cold War was “Peace.... With Casualties”, and a couple of times since, though nothing quite as dramatic.


49 posted on 04/01/2014 1:58:13 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Did the Soviets give you a medal?


50 posted on 04/01/2014 10:10:51 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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