Russia claims troop withdrawal, offers talks as Ukraine hit with cyberattack
Ian Toner: RUSSIA IS SENDING SIGNS THAT IT COULD BE DE-ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH UKRAINE.
AND THE WEST – WANTS SOME PROOF.
RUSSIA’S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS SOME MILITARY UNITS PARTICIPATING IN EXERCISES NEAR UKRAINE WILL BEGIN MOVING AWAY FROM THE BORDER
— BUT OFFERED NO DETAILS ABOUT THEIR LOCATIONS OR HOW MANY WOULD BE PULLING BACK.
THE U-S AMBASSADOR TO NATO IS NOT CONVINCED.
ON TUESDAY — SHE SAID THE U-S WOULD HAVE TO VERIFY RUSSIA’S CLAIM.
Julianne Smith // US Ambassador to NATO: “You may remember in late December last year, Russia made a similar claim that at the moment, I think it was the last week of December that Russia was de-escalating. At that moment when we went in to verify, we actually found no signs of that. And since then, we’ve only seen Russian forces moving in the opposite direction.”
Ian Toner: AFTER TALKS WITH GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR, PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAID RUSSIA IS READY TO HEAD BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH THE U-S AND NATO.
PUTIN SAID WHILE SOME OF RUSSIA’S SECURITY DEMANDS HAVE BEEN REJECTED, THEY ARE STILL READY TO ENGAGE IN TALKS REGARDING OTHER CONCERNS.