Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russia does have troops near the Ukrainian border and that some of those forces are stationed there "on a permanent basis."
Peskov said additional forces are in the area along Russia's border with Ukraine but only "as reinforcement aganst the background of what is going on in Ukraine."
Pskov also said Washington's threats of additional sanctions against sanctions on Russia if Moscow does not adhere to the terms of an agreement reached on April 17 in Geneva between top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and European Union were "absolutely unacceptable."
Peskov said, "We can mobilize our whole society if someone starts driving Russia into a corner," and added, "Thank God, it is impossible to drive Russia into a corner."
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax