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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Peter Pilz of the Greens, the third largest party in Austria, warned that Vienna became NATO's "accomplice" in the bloc's arming of Kiev by allowing military transports through its territory, the Kurier newspaper reported.

    NATO members have arranged more than 3,200 military transports, including transfers of personnel and equipment, through Austria to Ukraine since the beginning of 2014. The majority of those were carried out by the Americans, but some came from Germany, Italy, France and Britain. 

    Austria is a neutral territory and is determined to maintain this status. Military transfers through its territory are therefore a worrying sign for many citizens. For Pilz, they are incompatible with Austria's neutrality and point to a future military buildup in the country if the trend remains intact.

    The Greens, according to the newspaper, asked Austria's Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann to convene a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the matter.

    Since the US-sponsored coup in Ukraine in February 2014, Washington has been "delivering military equipment to the government in Kiev and the US military has been training Ukrainian soldiers. NATO member states are also building up their military power in the Baltic nations, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland," Kurier observed.

    Moscow has repeatedly stated that sending weapons to Kiev will only lead to more blood and violence in the war-torn country.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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