Thursday, August 21, 2014


Putin Says No Russian Military In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says there are no  Russian  military servicemen or  security forces  in Ukraine.

Speaking April 29 in Minsk following a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, he told reporters "We hear that there  are  our special  forces or  our  instructors there. I am telling you responsibly: there are no Russian instructors, or special forces,  or  troops,  or anybody  else  there."

He said the West stirred up trouble in Ukraine and now it is seeking a scapegoat and that is why it is introducing sanctions against Russia.

He added that his government has proposed some steps in response to the sanctions but that he sees "no need" as of now for them.

But he said if sanctions continue, Russia may have to reconsider participation of Western companies in its energy projects.

Based on reporting by Itar-Tass, AFP

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