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Ukraine-NATO Exercises To Proceed Despite Protests

Anti-NATO protests in Simferopol, June 2 (RFE/RL) June 4, 2006 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says controversial joint Ukraine-NATO military exercises will go ahead despite strong protests.

In a presidential decree, Yushchenko ordered authorities to expel foreigners accused by Kyiv of taking part in anti-NATO demonstrations in the Crimean Peninsula.

The protests by pro-Russian activists started on May 27 with the arrival of the "USS Advantage" at the port of Feodosiya.