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NATO, U.S. vow to enhance collective defence

English.news.cn   2014-03-27 03:45:37

BRUSSELS, March 26 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday that he will join in the call of U.S. President Barack Obama for additional measures to enhance collective defense.

Rasmussen made the remarks after meeting with Obama, who is paying a visit to Belgium, saying their collective defense includes updated and further developed defense plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.

"Our commitment to the defence of our Allies is unbreakable and at the same time we are firm in our support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Rasmussen said.

While Obama voiced his concerns at a press conference after EU-U.S. summit meeting the day earlier that some NATO allies are reducing their military budgets.

"The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn't free, and we've got to be willing to pay for the assets, the personnel, the training that's required," he said.

In addition, he says there are no immediate plans for a NATO expansion. Ukraine is not a NATO member.

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Ukraine, Russia dominate EU-U.S. Summit

BRUSSELS, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The leaders of European Union and United States vowed on Wednesday to support Ukraine and "intensify sanctions" on Russia if things "further escalating."

"If the Russian leadership thought the world would not care about Ukraine, they clearly miscalculated," Obama said at a press conference after the EU-U.S. summit meeting.  Full story

Cameron: NATO should provide certainty, security to Baltic countries

LONDON, March 26 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday there is no "military answer" to the Ukraine crisis and reaffirms NATO's commitment to providing certainty and security to its Baltic member states.

"There was never an option of sending gunboats. There is not some military answer to this. The only approach is a considered, long-term, tough and predictable one," Cameron said, while addressing the British Parliament on the Ukraine crisis, NATO and other issues.  Full story

 
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