BRUSSELS (AP) — The top NATO commander says the remaining Russian troops on the Ukraine border look like they intend to stay there.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove also says the rebel forces inside Ukraine continue to destabilize the Kiev government.
He says NATO needs to consider having a long-term troop presence deployed in the region "for as long as required" to address the Russian threat.
Breedlove's comments came at a meeting Wednesday of NATO defense ministers, following President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. will boost its military presence in Europe in response to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean region. Obama has said he will ask Congress to provide up to $1 billion to fund the effort.