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Russia blames NATO for Ukraine abandoning nonaligned status
Russia blames NATO for Ukraine abandoning nonaligned status

Top Russian security officials Wednesday accused NATO of pressuring Ukraine to drop its post-Soviet nonaligned status and warned that Moscow's relations with the Western alliance would be damaged beyond repair if it extends membership to the longtime Kremlin ally. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made clear with his seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region and his support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine that he regards Kiev's political turn toward the European Union and NATO as a threat to Russia's regional security. Lawmakers in Kiev on Tuesday voted to end Ukraine's nonaligned status, a posture the westernmost former Soviet republic adopted after the...

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