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Russian MP: Troops 'entitled' to be in Crimea

A Russian MP has defended the country's military presence in the eastern region of Crimea.

Vyacheslav Nikonov, from President Putin's United Russia party, said troops were 'entitled' to be there under a treaty between the two countries.

The politician added that it was "naïve" to expect Russian military to stand aside after the Ukrainian coup.

Mr Nikonov told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "Russia is entitled to have up to 25,000 troops there. I don't think there are more than 15,000."

  • 04 Mar 2014
  • From the section Europe
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