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U.S.C.G. halts all engagements with Russia following invasion of Crimea

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In spite of Friday’s phone call from Russia’s President Putin to President Obama, the annual Russian Border Service meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard has been postponed indefinitely. The strained relations follow Russia’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.

Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow:

“At this time all bilateral engagements with Russia have been postponed and this includes all forums, conferences and exercises.”

“These decisions do not impact the 17th District Coast Guard’s ability to engage with our Russian counterparts with regard to active law enforcement cases, any urgent search and rescue cases that may be going on, or other operational emergencies where we can render assistance,”

The full impact of cancelling the meeting is unclear however it could affect decisions on enforcement of high seas salmon net drifting in the North Pacific.

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, with delegations from Japan, South Korea, Canada, Russia, and the U.S., is still scheduled for May of this year, in Portland, Ore.

The Canadian Department of Fisheries has not altered their relations with the Russians following the incursion.

Russian and U.S. delegations are currently meeting in Paris, as some 50,000 Russian troops line the border of Ukraine.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Lavrov has denied that Russia has plans to invade Ukraine, the under-militarized, former satellite of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

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