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NATO deplores Russia’s actions, but no hard response seen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of Crimea is a threat to peace in Europe and the situation must be “de-escalated”, NATO’s secretary-general said on Sunday, but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in. Speaking before chairing an emergency meeting of ambassadors from the 28 NATO member states, known as the North Atlantic Council, Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia’s actions were unacceptable and could destabilize the continent. “What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations charter,” Rasmussen told reporters. “It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and its…