Nato: No sign of Russian troop pullback

2014-05-08 14:23
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Warsaw - Nato said on Thursday it had yet to see "any indications" that Russia had withdrawn its troops from the Ukraine border, a day after President Vladimir Putin claimed to have done so.

"Let me assure you that if we get visible evidence that they are actually pulling back their troops, I will be the very first to welcome it," said Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

"I have to repeat that while we have noticed the Russian statements that they have started to withdraw troops, so far we haven't seen any, any indications that they're pulling back," he said after talks with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

US and Nato officials estimate Russia massed 40 000 troops on the border with Ukraine as the Kiev government battles pro-Kremlin militias.

Withdrawal

Putin announced a pullback on Wednesday in response to Western concerns of a possible Ukraine invasion, but both the Western military alliance and the United States have questioned the claim.

"For those with a blind eye we suggest to follow President Putin's statement of 7 May," Russia's foreign ministry said on Twitter after Rasmussen tweeted that he saw no sign of a withdrawal.

Asked about the Russian tweet by reporters in Warsaw, Rasmussen responded: "I have very good vision."

Rasmussen follows up his two-day visit to Poland by on Thursday heading to Baltic state Estonia, where he will lead a delegation of the North Atlantic Council, Nato's main political decision-making body.


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