NATO's Rasmussen criticizes Russian pressure on Ukraine

January 29, 2014 8:31 AM

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NATO's Rasmussen criticizes Russian pressure on Ukraine

PARIS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen criticized Russia on Wednesday for pressuring Kiev not to sign a free trade pact with the European Union, a move that triggered mass protests.

Ukraine, caught in a tug-of-war for influence between Moscow and Brussels, has been rocked by protests since it walked away from the EU association deal two months ago. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned and deputies rolled back anti-protest laws to try to defuse the crisis.

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