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• NATO ‘totally’ denies deploying troops near Russia border: NATO denied Russian claims Wednesday that it was planning to deploy massive numbers of troops near the country’s border. “I totally dismiss claim by dep defense minister Antonov that NATO plans to deploy large military contingents close to Russia’s borders,” said NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexandre Vershbow on twitter. His tweet was in response to comments by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov at a news conference earlier in Moscow. “Russia has taken note of the plans by certain members of the alliance to deploy large military contingents on their territories close to our borders,” Antonov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
• NATO release photos of Russian troops near Ukraine border: NATO released Thursday a score of satellite pictures of up to 40,000 Russian troops massed along the Ukraine border that it said are ready for action and represent a “real threat” to Kiev. The Western military alliance estimates that “between 35,000 and 40,000″ Russians, armed with tanks and military vehicles, have been deployed in over 100, mainly temporary, bases to the east of Ukraine. One shows 21 helicopters on a landing strip “that didn’t exist before” troops dug in during early March in the middle of a field near the city of Belgorod, some 40 kilometres from the border. Around 40 tanks and 100 infantry vehicles are lined up nearby “though there is no trace of a permanent base,” the NATO official said. The fact they were not camouflaged “means that you are ready to go or that you want to be seen,” said Deakin.