Sweden cancels military meetings with Russia

Sweden and Russia had planned more than a dozen visits between troops and high-ranking officials in both countries, starting next month.

Sweden cancels military meetings with Russia
Sweden said on Monday it was cancelling a series of military visits and meetings with Russia after Moscow's war with Georgia.

"The Russian troops must cease destabilising activity in Georgia, including the destruction of infrastructure or blocking of important roads," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.

Sweden and Russia had planned more than a dozen visits between troops and high-ranking officials in both countries, starting next month.

Visits to naval harbours and joint training exercises were on the agenda, as well as work towards a joint memorandum on submarine rescue operations.

"The agreed ceasefire (between Russia and Georgia) must be carried out swiftly and completely," the statement said, calling on Russia to pull its troops back and allow humanitarian aid to flow freely into Georgia.

Last week the United States cancelled a naval exercise with Russia in protest over the conflict with Georgia. Foreign ministers of NATO -- of which neutral Sweden is not a member -- will meet on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.

Reuters
Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2008, 12:07
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