Britain Postpones Joint Maneuvers With Ukraine Over Anti-NATO Protests In Crimea

LONDON, UK -- Great Britain and Ukraine decided to postpone the joint “Tight Knot” exercise as Ukrainian parliament has not permitted the presence of foreign troops in the national territory following massive anti-NATO protests in Ukraine’s Crimea.

The unprecedented exercise, involving 150 Royal Air Force personnel, was to begin next week near the port of Nikolayev.

A spokesman of the British Department of Defense said on Thursday that plans to hold the exercise had not been cancelled altogether, but it was unclear when the exercise would take place.

According to the spokesman, bilateral military cooperation with Ukraine will continue.

Following massive anti-NATO protests in Crimea, the Ukrainian parliament retreated from discussing the issue on Wednesday and postponed the decision on whether to allow foreign troops onto the Ukrainian territory for a week.

Source: MosNews