Stoltenberg comments on Russia situation: “Reason for cautious optimism”

Jens StoltenbergPhoto: AP Photo / Virginia Mayo

Russia has reportedly begun moving troops away from areas near Ukraine. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg sees reason for cautious optimism.

Several military units have now “completed their tasks,” a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Tuesday.

“We have always said that the forces will return to their permanent bases when the (military) exercises are over. There is nothing new here. This is an ordinary process,” said Vladimir Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.

At a press conference later the same day, Stoltenberg said that NATO has not yet seen any real withdrawal of Russian forces.

Instead, he referred to Russian signals that they would continue to try to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.

“It gives cause for cautious optimism,” he said.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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