NATO fears Russian troop build-up along border with Ukraine

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Publication Date 23/03/2014
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Euronews, the BBC and other news sources reported on comments on the 23 March 2014 from NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, General Phillip Breedlove regarding the situation in Ukraine.

He issued a warning over the build-up of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine and said that NATO was worried about the threat to the Trans-Dniester region, which had broken away from Moldova in 1990 and had in 2014 sought closer links with Russia.

In Crimea, pro-Russian elements appeared to be stepping up efforts to secure full military control of the region. It was reported that the Russian flag was now flying over 189 Ukrainian military establishments.

A power failure plunged much of the Crimean capital, Simferopol, into darkness on the 24 March 2014, the second partial blackout in two days, as the Ukrainian government in Kiev appeared to retaliate against Russia’s occupation and annexation of the peninsula by sharply cutting electricity supplied from the mainland.

G7 leaders held talks on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague on the 24 March 2014, to consider their response to Russia annexing Crimea, isolating Moscow, which was due to take over the rotating G8 presidency.

The G7 countries adopted a Hague Declaration which stated that they would not participate in the planned G8 Sochi Summit in June 2014. For its part, US ally Australia also indicated Russia might also be excluded from a G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014, but Brazil, China, India, and South Africa rejected the idea.

The BBC and other sources reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia on the 24 March 2014 for the first time since Russia's move into Crimea triggered the diplomatic crisis.

BBC News also reported on the 24 March 2014 that Russia was expecting investors to move up to $70bn (£42bn) of assets out of the country in the first three months of 2014. Ifo, a German think-tank, claimed that Russia would be hit harder by economic sanctions than the 28-member EU in case of a complete trade embargo by the West over the Crimea conflict. But it didn't advise to impose it.

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