Ex-Soviet officials call on Russia to pull troops

April 25, 2014 9:55 PM

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PRAGUE (AP) - Officials from five ex-Soviet republics called on Russia to withdraw its troops from border areas near Ukraine, and they backed a free and fair Ukrainian presidential election on May 25.

The announcement came during a meeting in Prague of the European Union's Eastern Partnership, made up of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Belarus didn't attend the two-day meeting, which ended Friday.

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