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Tens of thousands of Russian troops and large number of weapons remain near Ukrainian borders, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

NATO will remain vigilant and support its partners
16:02, 25 May 2021

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Even though Russia has withdrawn some of its troops from Ukraine's borders, tens of thousands of Russian troops continue to remain near Ukraine's borders. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, according to the NATO press center.

Related: Significant Russian forces remain near border with Ukraine, United States monitor situation, - Blinken

“While Russia has pulled back some troops, tens of thousands remain in and around Ukraine, as well as significant amounts of weapons,” Stoltenberg stated.

He added that Russia continues to restrict navigation in the Black Sea, including near the Kerch Strait, “this is part of a pattern of aggressive actions, which raise serious concerns. NATO will remain vigilant, continue to strengthen its deterrence and defence, and support its partners.”

Related: Russia has now more troops at border with Ukraine than at the beginning of escalation, - NATO Secretary General

On April 22, Russia announced the beginning of the withdrawal of troops from the borders of Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry called the transfer of a large part of Russian troops to the southern borders of the Russian Federation "a surprise check."

Ukraine, in turn, welcomed this decision on the part of Russia. However, President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that Kyiv remains on the alert.

Later, the head of the State Border Service said that Russia had partially begun to withdraw its troops from the occupied Crimea, but there was no movement near the eastern border of Ukraine.

Also, according to the Pentagon, Russia withdrew not all the troops, but only a part.

Related: "Threat has not passed": Foreign Minister said Russia did not withdraw troops from Ukrainian border

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