Rasmussen: “I call Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s borders”

LuKSEMBURG (CIHAN)- Speaking to press members before EU Defense Ministers talks in Luxembourg on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed his concerns about the violent actions of some small separatist groups in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s continued pressure on the country’s borders.

Rasmussen stated that Russia should stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution. “I call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis, to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s borders, to stop de-stabilizing the situation in Ukraine, and make clear that it doesn’t support the violent actions of pro-Russian separatists,” he said.

NATO Chief also stressed that, Ukraine crisis has amplified the need to strengthen cooperation between NATO, the European Union and with close partners.

“We need to train and exercise more together, for instance the NATO Response Force and the EU Battlegroups, so that we stand ready for whatever the future may bring,” the Secretary General said.

SHOTLIST
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG, 15 APR 2014

Arrival of Rasmussen’s car
Press members
Rassmussen’s statements to the press memebers

DURATION: 04:30

SOURCE: CIHAN