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BBC: Russia Pulling Back Some Troops from Ukraine Border

Tue 15 Feb 2022 | 12:01 PM
NaDa Mustafa

Russia is pulling back some of its troops, deployed near the Ukrainian border, to their base after completing the drills, Russia's defense ministry said, according to "BBC".

In a statement, the ministry added that the large-scale exercises across the country continued.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is "ready to negotiate" over the situation around Ukrainian," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

In a statement to CNN, Peskov added that the Ukrainian crisis is part of Russia's major security concerns.

On Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the United States (US) does not believe that a ‘final decision’ has been made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Military action could happen any day,” Kirby told reporters, adding, “It is entirely possible that he could move with little to no warning.”

Earlier, Pentagon spokesman said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania this week.

He added, in a press conference at the US Department of Defense that Austin will participate in the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels and will discuss “the Russian military buildup in and around Ukraine, according to CNN.

Kirby noted that Austin will meet with the defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, as well as with military leaders and government officials in Poland and Lithuania.

Kirby revealed that Austin plans to meet his counterparts from Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.