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NATO calls on Russia to pull back troops from Ukraine

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) and UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash stand for a moment of silence for killed service members in Afghanistan at the start of a meeting on the country during the NATO 2014 summit at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Alain Jocard

NEWPORT, Wales: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Kremlin on Thursday to pull back Russian troops from Ukraine and to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine.

"We call on Russia to end its illegal and self-declared annexation of Crimea," Rasmussen said at a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the NATO summit near the Welsh city of Newport.

"We call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine and to stop the flow of arms, fighters and funds to the separatists," Rasmussen said. "We call on Russia to step back from confrontation and take the path of peace."

 

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