US says it is suspending trade talks and all military-to-military engagements with Russia over Ukraine - FoxNews

US says it is suspending trade talks and all military-to-military engagements with Russia over Ukraine - FoxNews

YEREVAN, March 4. /ARKA/. The U.S. announced late Monday it was suspending trade and investment talks with Russia as well as all "military-to-military engagements" as penalties for its actions in Ukraine.

The twin measures were announced only hours after America's U.N. ambassador blasted Russia for its "dangerous military intervention" in Ukraine, calling it a violation of international law and saying: "It must stop." 

A spokesperson for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative confirmed to Fox News "due to recent events in Ukraine, we have suspended upcoming bilateral trade and investment engagement with the government of Russia that were part of a move toward deeper commercial and trade ties."

Earlier, the Pentagon said the U.S. was putting on hold "all military-to military engagements" with Russia, including exercises, bilateral meetings,  port visits and planning conferences.

President Obama also met with his National Security Council Monday to discuss the situation. A spokeswoman said Obama and his team discussed what actions the U.S. and its foreign counterparts could do to further isolate Russia, and reinforce the fact that Moscow faces more repercussions if it does not take steps to de-escalate the situation. –0--

13:16 04.03.2014

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