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Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine – US Admiral

Russian troops should leave the territory of Ukraine, said the US Navy admiral James Stavridis, a former commander of NATO forces in Europe and the United States in an interview with the Czech news channel ?T24.

Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine - US Admiral

"Ukraine is a sovereign state. The Russian troops would not have to be on its territory without permission of the Ukrainian army. These troops need to be eliminated, but we do not see complete withdrawal of Russian troops," said James Stavridis.

According to the American military expert, we can not believe Vladimir Putin that there are no Russian military in Ukraine. NATO keeps tracking troop movements, "we know that in Ukraine there are Russian units, and it is very provocatively, even more than any action of NATO," noted the American admiral.

James Stavridis also noted that Ukraine, "like every democratic state that is ready to implement the idea of NATO, can join NATO." In other words, "the idea that NATO is raising some wall is wrong," said the former commander of NATO forces.

James Stavridis holds classes at the American Institute of International Relations. He personally experienced the events of September 11 in Washington. In Prague, James Stavridis participated in the "USA & European Union Days" conference.