` Pentagon took strong exception to `Hamid Karzai’s ‘ comments on Russia’s Annexation of Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – 30 March – The Pentagon on Monday took strong exception to the President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks in support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a former Ukrainian province.

What I can tell you is it is clearly not helpful,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference in Washington.

At a meeting with a partisan US parliamentary delegation in Kabul over the weekend, President Karzai said Afghanistan “respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future.

” Kirby said while Karzai was certainly entitled to his opinion, the US believed Russia was absolutely in violation of international obligations and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“And we continue to call for them (Russians) to remove their troops from Crimea,” the Pentagon spokesman added.

The Fox News said Karzai’s statement was yet another indication of how far his administration had drifted away from the US as the Afghanistan war draws to a close, despite Washington’s past support for his presidency.

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` United States suspending military cooperation with `Russia' because of actions in the Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews says that AFP confirms that the United States is suspending military cooperation with Russia because of its actions in Ukraine, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday, urging Moscow to “de-escalate the crisis.”

“We have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia,” Defence Department spokesman John Kirby said, calling for “Russian forces in Crimea to return to their bases, as required under the agreements governing the Russia Black Sea Fleet.”

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