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Thursday, 8 May 2014

President Komorowski: No signs of Russian troop withdrawal

President Komorowski with reporters in parliament

There are no signals that Russian troops have indeed withdrawn from the border with Ukraine, as president Putin said, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told reporters Thursday.


"NATO has been monitoring (the situation) and so far there are signals that no essential correction of Russian military presence in areas that can be a springboard for a possible military operation has taken place," Komorowski told reporters in parliament Thursday.

But "this is not necessarily at variance with what the Russians have said," he added. "One can imagine a situation when (Russian) troops are deployed in training grounds and actively exercise. President Putin spoke about withdrawing troops to training grounds. The question is how far such grounds are located from the Ukrainian border."

Replying to questions Komorowski also said that Putin's invitation to celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy next June "is something absolutely normal, understandable and natural." But he also noted that invitations "were formulated much earlier."

"(...) it would be strange to expect that one of the most important WW2 allies be excluded from the celebrations," Komorowski said.

"(...) because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine it is (now) a kind of a problem for President Hollande," he noted. "How the French president will handle this I do not know. I will have a chance to see it for myself when I attend the celebrations as Poland's representative."(PAP)

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