April 1, 2014 / 3:32 PM / 3 years ago

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R) attend a NATO-Ukraine foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels April 1, 2014. NATO sees no sign that Russia is withdrawing troops from the Ukraine border and will look at all options to boost the alliance's defences, its secretary-general said on Tuesday.Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO said on Tuesday it will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of Moscow's occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

The decision was taken by NATO foreign ministers who urged Russia in a statement "to take immediate steps ... to return to compliance with international law."

NATO and Ukraine announced in a joint statement after their ministers met in Brussels that they would intensify cooperation and promote defence reforms in Ukraine through training and other programmes.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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