NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen just announced that NATO has "put the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review," and that "we will strengthen our efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military, including with more joint training and exercises."
Rasmussen also said that NATO has suspended planning its first joint mission with Russia, a maritime escort for the U.S. ship tasked with destroying Syria's chemical weapons, and that staff won't meet with Russia for now. "These steps," he said, "send a clear message: Russia's actions have consequences."
Rasmussen continued that though NATO would like to leave the door for negotiation with Russia open, right now too much is at stake. He said:
As Chairman of the NATO-Russia Council, it is my duty to uphold the principles on which our relationship is founded. Those fundamental principles are now at stake. Our joint pledge to observe in good faith our obligations under international law. And our commitment to refrain from the threat or use of force against each other, or any other state. So I asked the Russian Ambassador to convey NATO’s firm message to Moscow. At the same time we have decided to intensify our partnership with Ukraine, and strengthen our cooperation to support democratic reforms.
The statement follows a meeting between Ukraine and NATO in Brussels intended to figure out a way to ease tensions in Crimea, where Russian troops have taken control.