Russia Threatens ‘Appropriate’ Action if Ukraine Joins NATO

Tensions between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization flared again yesterday, as the Kremlin responded to rumors that Ukraine may become a member of NATO. The Kremlin has promised to cease all remaining ties with NATO should Ukraine begin the accession process, and accused NATO of using Ukraine for its own purposes of turning the country into a “frontline of confrontation.” The statements were precipitated by the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to renounce its official neutral status, suggesting that the pro-West government in Kiev could soon pledge allegiance to NATO.

The Russian defense ministry added that any move to join NATO would also provoke an “appropriate” response from Russia, and that any return to status quo relations between NATO and Moscow would be irreparably terminated. The threatening nature of the statement appears to have elicited a reaction from Kiev, which temporarily disabled power to Crimea shortly after statements were made.

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