Russian military officers say they would like U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw his troops from the Georgia and Crimean territories.
“We want a withdrawal from the territories of Georgia and the Crimean Republic,” the Russian military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Sunday.
“We think this is in the interest of international peace and stability.”
The Russian military said it has “full confidence” in President Vladimir Putin.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Russia has said it wants to see the U.K. and France leave the European Union in order to allow for the formation of a new European military alliance.
Russia annexed Crimea in March and has since declared war on Ukraine and the West.
The Kremlin has also warned that if the U-S.
and NATO withdraw from eastern Europe, it will respond with force.
Russia is the only country in the world that has refused to allow U.
Ns. to send troops to NATO’s eastern and southern flank.
Guterres said in June that NATO is now “in a much more dangerous situation.”
He said Russia is “trying to break up NATO, destabilize the alliance, and it is threatening our existence.”