No Russian troops in Ukraine - Peskov after Obama's statement

Top Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted U.S. President Barack Obama's statement that there are Russian troops on Ukrainian territory.

Top Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted U.S. President Barack Obama's statement that there are Russian troops on Ukrainian territory.

"We have stated many times that there are no Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine. And while President Obama is saying that there are no doubts about it, officials from the U.S. State Department simultaneously with their president are saying that the U.S. does not have any evidence of the presence of the Russian military in the territory of Ukraine. This situation stresses the reluctance to rely on facts," Peskov said to the Russian News Service.

"It is simply an obsession to ascribe Russia a destructive role in the development of the Ukrainian crisis with which we categorically disagree," he said.

Earlier during a visit to Tallinn Obama said that "Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine are not a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission." "They are Russian combat forces with Russian weapons in Russian tanks," he said. "These are the facts that can be proved," and "they cannot be questioned," he said at a press conference.

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