Russia Returns Favor, Cuts Off NATO Council

Alliance earlier stopped 'business as usual' over Georgia invasion
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 4:41 PM CDT
Georgians demonstrate in front of NATO headquarters in Brussels.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Russia formally suspended military cooperation with NATO today over Georgia, the Guardian reports, a move affecting operations in Afghanistan and the Mediterranean. “Cooperation had really already been ended with the Russians,” a US official said, per an alliance declaration earlier in the week. If NATO supports “the bankrupt Saakashvili regime to the detriment of partnership … it's not our fault,” Russia’s foreign minister said.