BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday expressed strong solidarity with Ukraine after an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, according to a NATO statement.
Rasmussen said the meeting was held at Ukraine's request following the reported Russian military invasion into Ukraine.
The NATO on Thursday released some "satellite imagery" to show that "Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside Ukraine." The so-called NATO proof was ridiculed by Russia.
"Despite Moscow's hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and south-eastern Ukraine," said Rasmussen.
He added, "We expressed strong solidarity with Ukraine. At the Wales Summit next week, we will meet President Poroshenko to make clear NATO's unwavering support for Ukraine."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday in Moscow that Reports on Russian troops invading Ukraine's eastern regions are false.
"There are no facts to support the claims about invasion (to Ukraine)," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. "There were earlier reports about the satellite images showing Russian troops movement. As it turned out, these were snaps of computer games. The latest accusations are of that kind," Lavrov said.
Russia will continue to pursue a consistent policy aimed at securing an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine's southeastern regions, as well as helping launch a real national dialogue and hold negotiations involving all political parties and regions of Ukraine, Lavrov said.
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