Home > News > World
Thursday March 20, 2014 MYT 7:10:10 AM
Thursday March 20, 2014 MYT 7:11:14 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel praised the restraint of Ukraine's armed forces in the face of Moscow's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula during a phone call on Wednesday with his Ukrainian counterpart, the Pentagon said.
"(Hagel) stressed ... the United States stands by the people of Ukraine, condemns the use of force by the Russian Federation and continues to call for the removal of Russian forces," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.
There was no mention of any Ukrainian requests for assistance in the brief statement about Hagel's conversation with Ukraine's acting defence minister, Ihor Tenyukh. Ukraine has asked for lethal and non-lethal military support from the United States, which has so far only approved military rations.
Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama ruled out U.S. military involvement in Ukraine, emphasizing diplomatic efforts to bring pressure on Russia to loosen its grip on Crimea.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting
Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks - media
France's Le Pen would lead first round of 2017 presidential vote - poll
Mexico hospital blast kills two babies, nurse
Dynamic and Stylish BMW X1
Healthy living in the heart of Ampang
AWS move, disclosure suggest Amazon yielding more to Wall Street
What makes us happy?
Unesco recognition for Leaning Tower still in progress
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)