Russian troops 'pulling back from Ukraine border'

Russian troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border are returning to their permanent bases, Russian Defence Ministry said. However, the US and NATO said they saw no clear signs of a pullout.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to journalists Credit: Reuters

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there has been no "visible evidence" of a Russian troop withdrawal from the border.

"I wake up every morning hoping to see a real and meaningful withdrawal of Russian troops, but I have to tell you that so far we have not seen any visible evidence of a withdrawal," Mr Rasmussen told a news conference in Sarajevo.