: US general calls on Russia to allow observers at military drills – Reuters

12:34 Aug. 13, 2016

US general calls on Russia to allow observers at military drills – Reuters

Commander of US Army Europe Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges speaks during his news conference at the Pentagon, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo)

Hodges says Russia could help address concerns by following the example of US military drills where Russian observers are allowed

Russia should allow observers, including Western journalists, to attend upcoming military drills that could again put Ukraine on edge just as Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharpened his rhetoric, the commander of the US Army in Europe told Reuters.

The comments by Lieutenant General Ben Hodges came as Ukraine accuses Russia of amassing more than 40,000 troops in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula seized by Moscow in 2014, and on the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine's UN ambassador, Volodymyr Yelchenko, warned this week that the Russian forces could reflect "some very bad intentions."

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