President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces that took part in
drills in three regions bordering Ukraine to return to the places where
they are permanently deployed, the Interfax news agency reported on
It was not immediately clear whether the order meant
there would be fewer soldiers near the border with Ukraine, where NATO
has said Russia has amassed some 40,000 troops. NATO and the United
States said there were no signs of reductions after Putin said on May 7
that forces had been withdrawn from the border, Reuters reported.