UPDATE 4-NATO blasts Russia over Ukraine as limit starts

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* Crises in Ukraine, Iraq browbeat NATO summit

* Rasmussen sets toughest tinge on Russia given Cold War

* NATO says Moscow has thousands of fight infantry in Ukraine

* Western leaders accommodate Poroshenko in uncover of support

(Adds White House, Hollande on sanctions)

By Adrian Croft and Kylie MacLellan

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4 (Reuters) – NATO demanded on Thursday
that Moscow repel a infantry from Ukraine as U.S. President
Barack Obama and his Western allies hold a limit dictated to
buttress defences opposite Russia in a biggest critical shift
since a Cold War.

While Western leaders discussed worse sanctions against
Russia over continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Kremlin
dangled a awaiting of an approaching ceasefire in the
five-month-old armed rebel by pro-Russian separatists.

“We call on Russia to finish a bootleg and self-declared
annexation of Crimea,” Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
declared as a 28 NATO leaders met Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko during a golf review nearby a Welsh city of Newport.

“We call on Russia to lift behind a infantry from Ukraine and
stop a upsurge of arms, fighters and supports to a separatists,”
Rasmussen said. “We call on Russia to step behind from
confrontation and take a trail of peace.”

His matter set a tinge for a two-day assembly noted by
the many critical east-west deadlock given a tumble of a Berlin
Wall 25 years ago and a fall of a Soviet bloc, as well
as alarm during territorial gains by Islamist insurgents in Iraq and

Poroshenko, whose army have suffered a fibre of setbacks
in a final week, told reporters he would sequence a ceasefire on
Friday if an agreement on a assent devise to finish a fight in eastern
Ukraine is sealed during talks in Minsk.

“The usually thing we need now for assent and fortitude is just
two categorical things: first, that Russia repel their troops, and
second, to tighten a border,” he said.

A NATO infantry officer pronounced Moscow had “several thousand”
combat infantry and hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles
operating in Ukraine. The Kremlin denies it has any forces
fighting alongside a rebels.

The White House pronounced Obama and a leaders of Germany,
France, Britain and Italy resolved on a sidelines of a summit
that Russia should face “increased costs” for a actions.
French President Francois Hollande pronounced worse European Union
sanctions, due to be adopted on Friday, would count on events
in a entrance hours.

The NATO leaders also discussed how to tackle Islamic State
militants who have prisoner swathes of Iraq and Syria, in a new
threat on a alliance’s southeastern flank, and how to
stabilise Afghanistan when NATO army leave during a finish of the

Poroshenko’s army were battling to adhere to a pivotal port
of Mariupol on a Sea of Azov, that is critical to Ukrainian
steel exports. Explosions were listened tighten to a city, halfway
between Crimea and Russia.

The Ukrainian personality sought arms, training for his armed
forces from his Western partners as good as domestic support
against Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Poroshenko’s speak of reviving Ukraine’s bid to join the
U.S.-led infantry fondness has reopened a difference within NATO.

Obama pronounced in Estonia on Wednesday that a doorway to
membership would sojourn open to states that accommodate NATO standards
and “can make suggestive contributions to associated security”, but
France and Germany sojourn against to revelation Kiev, fearing it
would intensify tragedy with Moscow and could siphon them into a

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined Moscow’s
opposition to Ukraine fasten NATO, warning that attempts to end
the country’s non-aligned standing could mistreat security. He accused
the United States of ancillary “the celebration of war” in Kiev.

After a week of daring statements from Putin, Lavrov said
Russia was prepared for unsentimental stairs to de-escalate a crisis
and urged Kiev and a rebels to mind ceasefire proposals put
forward by Moscow on Wednesday.

Rasmussen pronounced NATO welcomed efforts for a pacific solution
but “what depends is what is indeed function on a ground,
and we are still witnessing, unfortunately, Russian involvement
in destabilising a conditions in eastern Ukraine”.

As some-more than a decade of NATO-led fight operations in
Afghanistan draws to a close, noted by a honest rite during the
summit on Thursday, a fondness is refocusing in partial on its
core charge of fortifying a territory.

NATO leaders will announce on Friday a origination of a
“spearhead” fast greeting force, potentially including several
thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as small as
two days, officials say.

Eastern European NATO members, including Poland, have
appealed for NATO to henceforth hire thousands of infantry on
their domain to deter any probable Russian attack.

But NATO members have spurned that idea, partly since of
the responsibility and partly since they do not wish to mangle a 1997
agreement with Russia underneath that NATO committed not to
permanently hire poignant fight army in a east.

Instead, leaders will determine to pre-position equipment, fuel
and ammunition in eastern European countries with bases prepared to
receive a NATO fast greeting force if needed.

The Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, a only
parts of a former Soviet Union to be certified to NATO, fear
Moscow could happen in their affairs with a same motive it
applied in Ukraine – safeguarding Russians.

So far, Western infantry gestures of support for Ukraine
have been mostly symbolic. NATO leaders will approve a package
of support for Kiev, environment adult trust supports value around 12
million euros ($15.8 million) to urge Ukrainian military
capabilities in areas such as logistics, authority and control and
cyber defence.

A dozen countries will join an practice in Lviv, Ukraine,
later this month, co-hosted by Ukraine and a U.S. Army.

NATO officials contend a fondness itself will not send the
weapons that Ukraine is looking for yet particular allies could
do so if they wish.


After a Cold War, NATO and Russia sought team-work in
some confidence fields yet NATO has resolved that this bid has
failed, and for now during least, Russia is not a partner, a senior
alliance central said. Cooperation was dangling in Mar after
the cast of Crimea.

“Russia has fundamentally disregarded really elemental agreements
on a basement of that we have assembled assent and confidence in
Europe for a final dual decades,” pronounced a official, vocalization on
condition of anonymity.

France, that has faced extreme vigour from Washington and
other NATO allies to hindrance a sale of dual helicopter carriers to
Russia, pronounced on Wednesday it would not for now broach a first
of a warships due to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Hollande
said a understanding was not cancelled or suspended, yet a ceasefire
and a domestic allotment were required for delivery.

What NATO leaders will determine to do to assistance Iraq combat
Islamic State militants is reduction clear. Rasmussen pronounced a allies
would cruise severely any ask from Iraq for assistance in
dealing with a flourishing rebellion by Sunni fighters.

The fondness as a whole is rarely doubtful to follow the
U.S. lead in entertainment infantry strikes on Islamic State, NATO
diplomats say, yet particular allies such as France and
Britain competence do so. NATO could revitalise a goal to assistance train
the Iraqi armed army that it halted in 2011, diplomats say.

(Additional stating by Guy Faulconbridge and Julien Ponthus
in Newport, Stephen Addison in London, Gareth Jones in Kiev and
Katya Golubkova in Moscow; Writing by Paul Taylor; Editing by
Peter Graff, Anna Willard and Will Waterman)

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