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Britain’s defence secretary has said Russia should be judged by its actions when it comes to de-escalating tension at the Ukraine border, adding he has not seen evidence of a withdrawal of troops.
Speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting of Nato defence ministers, Ben Wallace told Sky News on Wednesday morning:
We’ll take Russia at its word, but we will judge them on their actions.
Until we see a proper de-escalation, we should all be cautious about the direction of travel from the Kremlin.”