Putin says Russian troops pulled back from Ukraine border

By Michelle Kapusta,

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin announced that Russian forces were pulling back from the Ukraine border.

According to The New York Times, while speaking with Switzerland President, Didier Burkhalter, Putin said that Russia wanted to give diplomacy a chance.

The Russian leader also said that he would create dialogue between Ukrainian authorities in Kiev and separatists.

“We were told constantly about concerns over our troops near the Ukrainian border,” he said. “We have pulled them back. Today they are not at the Ukrainian border but in places of regular exercises, at training grounds.”

However, NATO officials said they have not seen any sign that Russia has pulled its military back.

ABC News reported that The Pentagon also disputed Putin’s claim and said that it too did not see any sign that the troops have pulled back from the border.

Since pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted in February, Putin has overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy and proclaimed the right to send troops into the Ukraine and seize Crimea.

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