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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday that it must be transparent about military exercises on its border with Ukraine.
The popular uprising in Kiev has reignited Cold War rivalries between East and West, with Russia announcing emergency drills of combat troops and the United States pledging a $1 billion loan deal to the West-leaning interim government.
"I am closely watching Russia's military exercises along the Ukrainian border," Hagel told a NATO press conference on Thursday.
"I expect Russia to be transparent about these activities and I urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time, a time of great tension.''