NATO Toils to Keep Russia Out of Ukraine, in Missile Treaty

Russia takes center-stage at NATO Tuesday as allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his NATO partners will hold talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as Kyiv seeks international support for its Black Sea confrontation with Russia.

Russian border guards last week fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea near the Russia-occupied Crimea. The vessels and the crews were captured.

But it is unclear what more NATO would do beyond the sea patrols and air policing it already does in the region.

Noting that Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the allies already “provide strong political support and strong practical support.”

 

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