NATO Secretary General reaction to reports of Russian troop movements

  • Last updated: 22 May. 2014 11:32

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the following comment to the press in Montenegro on Thursday (22 May 2014) regarding reports on Russian troop movements:

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“Late yesterday, we have seen limited Russian troop activity in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine that may suggest that some of these forces are preparing to withdraw. It is too early to say what this means, but I hope this is the start of a full and genuine withdrawal.

At present, most of the previously deployed Russian force remains near the Ukrainian border and we see continued Russian exercises in the same area.

If we see any meaningful, comprehensive and verifiable withdrawal, I would be the first to welcome it. This would be a first step from Russia into the right direction of living up to its international commitments, especially as Ukraine is preparing to hold important presidential elections on Sunday.

I hope we will see a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine."