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France to suspend military cooperation with Russia: minister

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) speaks during a joint press conference with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Reinsalu in Tallinn, Estonia on March 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO

TALLINN: France is suspending military cooperation with Russia, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday during a trip to Baltic states designed to reassure them as tensions mount with Russia over its seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region.

He said the suspension would concern joint military exercices but said nothing about the fate of contracts to supply Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia. On Thursday Le Drian had said such a decision would not be taken until October.

 

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