Russia orders soldiers to begin return to bases after drills near Ukraine

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia requested its top armed force order to start returning soldiers to their lasting bases inside the country from Friday, saying it had effectively finished a “snap examination” of powers in its south and west, close to the boundary with Ukraine, the RIA news office detailed.

The declaration incited the rouble to rise pointedly, following a long time of strains with the West over a significant Russian military development close to Ukraine.

It was hazy if the rebasing request covered the entirety of the powers engaged with that development. The EU’s top negotiator said on Monday that Russia has massed exactly 100,000 soldiers close to the line.

“I believe the objectives of the snap inspection have been fully achieved. The troops have demonstrated their ability to provide a credible defence for the country,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying.

“In this regard, I have decided to complete the inspections in the southern and western military districts,” he said.

He said they would return to their bases by May 1.

Shoigu, after overseeing exercises in annexed Crimea near Ukraine’s southern border on Thursday, said however that the military had to be ready to respond quickly in case of an “unfavourable” development in the situation near NATO’s Defender Europe exercises, the Interfax news agency reported.

Defender-Europe is an annual, U.S. Army-led, multinational joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S. and other NATO militaries, as well as other partners.

From March to June, more than 28,000 forces from 26 nations will conduct drills across more than 30 training areas in a dozen countries.

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