Russian troops have not crossed the border with Ukraine and are not posing any threat to the country, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Alexander Pankin has said.
"All of the Russian Armed Forces' hardware and combat troops remain on the territory of my country and are not posing any threat to your country," Pankin said at the UN Security Council's emergency meeting addressing the situation in Ukraine on Thursday.
Pankin's remarks came in response to a request from Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN Yuriy Serheyev, who asked the Russian diplomats to explain why a build-up of military hardware had allegedly been observed along Russia's borders with Ukraine.
"Fanning such passions in the UN Security Council will not aid any constructive discussions" of ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, Pankin said.
The U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Samantha Power, for her part, said at the UN Security Council's meeting that deliveries of Russian military hardware to the east of Ukraine had increased.
Russia has been sending its military hardware and so-called humanitarian convoys, which have not given the international monitoring mission an opportunity to check the cargo, Power said.
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