Moscow Promises No Troops For Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow has no intention of sending troops into Ukraine.

President Barack Obama talked by phone with President Vladimir Putin on Friday asking him to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s border, where several thousands Russian soldiers are stationed.

Lavrov told Russian TV on Saturday that Moscow had no intention of sending troops into Ukraine.

In a statement by the White House, President Obama noted that the Ukrainian government continues to take a restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis and is moving ahead with constitutional reform and democratic elections, and urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine.

US State Secretary Kerry and Lavrov met at the Hague earlier this week, where Kerry presented to the Russian Foreign Minister a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, developed by the United States in cooperation with Ukrainian and European partners.

Obama asked Russia to answer in written form what are their further actions.

US President underlined to Putin that the United States will continue to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis.

According to a statement by the White House, Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.  Obama reiterated that the United States has strongly opposed the actions that Russia has already taken to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.


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