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Russia Denies Information of Military Concentration on Ukrainian Border

05.03.2015 14:49

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday that Russia denies it has a large concentration of troops along the Ukrainian border.

"I know about Victoria Nuland's announcement of those thousands of apparent Russian military personnel that are on Ukrainian territory. Why not say 12,000? Why are they using such piddly figures: why not say 20,000 or 25,000?" Antonov said.

The deputy defense minister reminded that head of the Ukrainian General Staff recently acknowledged that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine. "Who do you believe?" Antonov queried. He also said international observers flying over Russian airspace have noted no concentration of Russian military personnel along the Ukrainian border too: "There have been 35 fly-overs lately in line with the Open Skies agreement. We haven't noticed any concentration (of troops), nor the international inspectors," Antonov said.