Pentagon Calls Off Joint Military Exercises With Russia

DOD says there has been “no change” in the U.S. military posture in Europe

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The United States Deparment of Defense announced Monday it has canceled planned military exercises and other joint activities with Russia amid the unfolding standoff in Ukraine.

The Pentagon has, “in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia,” Pentagon Secretary Admiral John Kirby said. “This includes exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences.”

Kirby also denied reports that the U.S. had changed its military stance in response to Russia’s decision to move troops into eastern Ukraine.

“There has been no change to our military posture in Europe or the Mediterranean,” Kirby said. “Our Navy units continue to conduct routine, previously planed operations and exercises with allies and partners in the region. “a