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NATO says Russian action threatens peace in Europe

Sunday - 3/2/2014, 8:22am  ET

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels Sunday, March 2, 2014. NATO is calling emergency talks on Sunday regarding the escalating crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's top official says Russia's military intervention in Ukraine is in violation of the U.N. charter and threatens peace and security in Europe.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke Sunday before going into a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, the alliance's political decision-making body.

"What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations charter. It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and threats," he said.

The NATO secretary general said he called the meeting "because of Russia's military action in Ukraine and because of President (Vladimir) Putin's threats against this sovereign nation."

Rasmussen said officials will discuss Russia's activities in the Crimean Peninsula and "their implications for European peace and security and for NATO's relationship with Russia."

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