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NATO: No evidence of Russian pull back from Ukraine boarder

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
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The Russian are keeping their troops at the Ukrainian boarder, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing that he had ordered a "partial withdrawal" of troops from the boarder, according to NATO.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the announcement to reporters on April 1 at the start of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. Rasmussen said that Russia's military buildup along the Ukrainian border remains in place, and that Russia is has commenced training exercises along the border.

Leaders in Eastern Europe have expressed displeasure with the pace at which NATO has sought to build up its presence on the front lines opposite Russia. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been the most vocal, saying that NATO's response to Russia has been "unsatisfactory." He told the press:

"We are gaining something step by step, but the pace of NATO increasing its military presence for sure could be faster."

Even though Rasmussen told the press that "all options" were on the table, a military buildup in Eastern Europe was not high on the agenda. Rasmussen continued to re-assure leaders in Eastern Europe that the massive Military buildup by Russia is no way to contribute to de-escalation the worst standoff since the Cold War ended in 1991.

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