Russia's shift of border force stirs worry in United States

March 22, 2014 9:45 AM

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READ MORE Ukraine Crisis|Crimea|Russia's shift of border force stirs worry in US|Vladimir Putin|US-Russia relations Pentagon officials do not believe that a new Russian move into Ukraine is imminent. RELATED WASHINGTON: The White House cast doubt on Friday on the Kremlin's claims that thousands of troops massing on the border of southeastern Ukraine are merely involved in training exercises, deepening fears that Russian aggression will not end in Crimea. "It's not clear what that signals," the national security adviser, Susan E Rice, said to reporters in a briefing at the White House.

But she added, "Obviously given their past practice and the gap between what they have said and what they have done, we are watching it with skepticism." At the Pentagon, senior officers and analysts said they were watching the Russian infantry, airborne, air defense and other reinforcements with gr...

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