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Russian tanks in Ukraine would be 'serious escalation', says Nato

Published on Jun 13, 2014 10:13 PM
 
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a news conference during a Nato defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on June 4, 2014. Reports of pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including tanks, would mark a "serious escalation" of the crisis if confirmed, Nato said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Reports of pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including tanks, would mark a "serious escalation" of the crisis if confirmed, Nato said on Friday.

"We have seen reports that Russian tanks and other armoured vehicles may have crossed the border into eastern Ukraine," Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

"If these reports are confirmed, this would mark a serious escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine," Mr Rasmussen said in a statement.

The secretary-general repeated Nato calls for Russia to complete the withdrawal of troops it had massed on the Ukraine border and to halt the flow of weapons and fighters into the war-torn eastern part of the country.

 
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