NATO: Russian troops will not enter Ukraine


22:24 GMT:

Russian troops will not enter Ukraine, but will pursue its national interests via other means, NATO’s top military commander and head of the US European Command, General Philip Breedlove, said.

“Today I would tell you I don’t think that’s the most likely course of action…I think now that [President] Putin may be able to accomplish his objectives in eastern Ukraine and never go across the border with his forces,” Breedlove told a defense conference in Ottawa.

He also blamed Moscow for having a hand in the unrest in Ukraine.

“Now I think probably the most likely course of action is that he [Putin] will continue doing what he’s doing, discrediting the [Ukrainian government], creating unrest, trying to set the stage for a separatist movement,” Breedlove said.

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