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NATO says around two thirds of Russian troops pulling back from Ukraine border

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 9:40pm IST | Agency: Reuters

Russia is in the process of withdrawing around two thirds of the troops it had close to the border with Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.

The estimate is far higher than previous estimates made by NATO of the extent of a Russian withdrawal.

"We have seen signs of at least a partial withdrawal. Our estimate is that around two thirds of Russian troops have been or are being pulled back," Rasmussen told Reuters on the sidelines of a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

He also said that NATO and Russia would meet in the framework of a cooperative body, the NATO-Russia Council, on Monday but gave no further details.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas, writing by Adrian Croft; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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