According to NATO Secretary General, Union of Russia excludes the operation to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons and expanding cooperation with Ukraine. France warns of likely break the contract for the sale of «Mistral».
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a late evening Mon March 17, said in an exclusive interview with broadcaster CNN, that the Alliance in connection with the events in Ukraine suspends practical cooperation with Moscow. «We currently rethink our business with Russia — said Rasmussen. — We have already decided to stop practical cooperation with Russia. And when the ministers of foreign affairs of the states — members of the alliance will meet April 1 and 2, they will reconsider our relations with Russia. «
One of the consequences of renewed relations with Russia, according to the NATO Secretary General, will be the exception to the Russian Federation from the liquidation process of the Syrian chemical weapons. «We had planned to hold a joint operation of the sea safety South American vessel on board which will be destroyed Syrian chemical weapon. We’ll keep him, but our homeland in the operation will not take part, «- explained Rasmussen.
Earlier, after a meeting with the NATO Secretary General Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Deshchytsa was announced the expansion of military cooperation between NATO and Ukraine. As explained Rasmussen, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but the alliance supports this state affiliate business.
On the same day the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Laurent Fabius in an interview on TF1 announced the probability of failure of the implementation of the RF helicopter «Mistral».