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White House 'very concerned' by Russian troop movements

US President Barack Obama attends the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague on March 24, 2014The White House is “very concerned by the potential for escalation” after Russia massed its troops on the border with Ukraine, a close aide to US President Barack Obama said Monday. “We are watching very closely, we believe that Russia stands an enormous amount to lose” from any escalation, Deputy National Security advisor Ben Rhodes told journalists as leaders gathered in The Hague to discuss a response to the crisis. A US military officer told AFP on Monday the Russian military presence continued to increase along Ukraine’s eastern border. However, there was no sign that Russian forces were about to launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine, the officer said.

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