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NATO: Judge Russia by actions, not words

September 5th, 2014
02:00 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As Ukraine and Pro-Russian separatists agreed to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the deputy NATO military commander said Moscow must be judged by its actions, not its words.

"If [the ceasefire] is the portent of a peaceful solution to this conflict in eastern Ukraine that's welcome news. But I think we need to judge things by actions and not by words,” General Adrian Bradshaw told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

“I'm afraid during this crisis in the past we've heard words said which haven't been reflected by actions on the ground. So we need to just ensure that people are being genuine here."

Fighting continued in eastern Ukraine on Friday, with shelling reported around the city of Mariupol. If separatists took that city, it could provide a land bridge between Russia and Russian-annexed Crimea.

Amanpour asked whether Russia is indeed trying to establish that land bridge.

"Their strike in that direction does beg that question. I wouldn't presume to guess what the Russian intent is at the end of this whole affair.”

“I think what is important for us to focus on is what they are doing is illegal, unacceptable, and is just not the way that one expects nations in Europe to conduct international affairs."

In an interview with Amanpour also on Friday, Russia's Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin denied that there were any Russian troops in Ukraine.

Nonetheless, Kelin said, “there is quite a number of the Russian volunteers, probably former military men that are fighting on behalf of the freedom fighters.”

Bradshaw refuted that account.

"We already know now that there are Russian regular forces on the ground in Ukraine, operating in main battle tanks, employing artillery fire, and delivering all sorts of support to separatists.”

“This sort of armed incursion on the territory of a sovereign nation is unacceptable."

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  1. pro-EU, pro-Russia, pro-USA but anti-ISIS

    Obama and Fogh have been giving too many speeches on CNN since the crises began but no improvement they can made and finally Putin brings peace, a 7-steps peace plane that is already working, both side stopped shutting, bombing and civilians are already coming their home. That the great leader of the world, a real hero,, But West nd NATO don not happy, because Peace came from Russia,,,

    September 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • pappyvanwinkle

      I don't agree with you. Putin is KGB trained and they are well known for their tactics of promising "peace" and then attacking when everyone's guard is down. Putin doesn't want peace in Eastern Ukraine, so long as it is controlled by Kiev. Putin will have his "peace" when he annexes Ukraine into his Eurasian Union. Once he does he's going to pull a Stalin and force Ukraine to send all it's agriculture and steel to Moscow so that Moscow can build even more bombs and artillery while at the same time creating another Holomodor in Ukraine.

      You may love Putin for his strong arm politics, but you don't realize that he's a candle in the wind. His flame will burn out faster as it burns brighter. Love him while you can because he won't last much longer if he keeps this up.

      September 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Very silly! All of Europe and the USA are so concerned about ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, Putin plays his cards well and is in reality a much bigger threat. No body sees this, or they are just ignoring it. Putin is not going away and is not about to endorse any "peace agreement" between his adopted "Russian speaking" people living in a sovereign country that Russia had already agreed to remain independent and sovereign! Putin is a much bigger nightmare than ISIS will ever be, but all heads are buried in the sand.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm |
    • Ivan Ivanovich

      Putin is finished. He is powerless. The Russian communists will soon assassinate him and take total control of Russia. Any protesters will be quickly eliminated. The Soviet Union does not like traitors such as Putin and Medvedev.

      September 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply

      What Cameron and Obama are doing is indefensible. Warmongering is wrong!

      September 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply

    100 years after the start of WWI, arms salesmen David Cameron and Barrack Obama are starting World War Three. “NATO must show Russia that it ‘meant business’ by carrying out more military exercises and deploying more weapons to protect Europe’s Eastern borders.” "I would urge other allies to make the strongest possible commitment to increase their defence spending, and devote at least one fifth of GDP to equipment and research." Sounds just like Hitler's Nazi propaganda before invading Czechoslovakia and Poland, then Belgium then onto France.

    September 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply
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