(QHA) -

Russian military would not intervene in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said foreign policy students on September 1.

He said an immediate truce is needed but that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's cease-fire plan amounted to a demand that separatists disarm and allow themselves to be destroyed. 

Lavrov’s words come days after NATO officials said at least 1,000 Russian troops had entered Ukraine.

Lavrov denied the presence of Russian tanks and troops in Ukraine, despite what NATO and Western governments had said is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

QHA