US military buildup in Europe damages EU-Russia relations

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US military buildup in Europe damages EU-Russia relations.

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The Russian Federation’s violation of international law with the illegal annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine damages EU-Russia relations. As Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union, stressed on 14 March 2016, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is a key element for any substantial change in EU-Russia relations (bit.ly/1QZRbOC), .

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  • Reported in: Issue 25
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Europe, Russia, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: sputniknews.com
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