NATO to consider longer-term response to Ukraine crisis

June 3, 2014 12:24 AM

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BRUSSELS, June 3 (Reuters) - NATO defence ministers will consider on Tuesday what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability to respond to the unorthodox tactics used by Russia in Ukraine.

In the three months since the Ukraine crisis erupted, the U.S.-dominated alliance has sent fighter planes and ships and stepped up military exercises to reassure eastern European allies alarmed by Russia's actions, while making clear it has no intention of intervening militarily in Ukraine.

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