As a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine: Russia reacts with indignation to US allegations of possible acts of sabotage – politics

Russia has reacted with outrage to US accusations that Moscow is working on a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. As is so often the case, allegedly sensational information has been released by the United States without any basis, the Russian Embassy in Washington said on Saturday. “As usual, no evidence is presented.”

The Russian Embassy called on the US side to end “information pressure” and switch to factual work. “Russia is against war. We are in favor of a diplomatic solution to all international problems.” The statements of the United States are “unfounded” and have not been confirmed by anything, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday evening. state news agency Tass.

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Earlier, a US official said there were reports “that Russia has already deployed a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.”

Russian agents are “trained in urban warfare and the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian proxy forces”, the US official said. “Russia is preparing the ground for the possibility of inventing a pretext for the invasion, in particular through acts of sabotage and intelligence operations.”

The Russian armed forces plan to start these activities a few weeks before a military invasion, which could begin “between mid-January and mid-February”, the government official said. The aim is to accuse Ukraine of “preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine”.

White House: Russian agents “manufacture provocations”

Reports indicated Russian operatives would also begin “manufacturing provocations” on state and social media to justify Russian intervention and sow divisions in Ukraine, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. . Russian officials are also spreading stories about the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine and the growing activism of Ukrainian leaders.

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These reports “also blame the West for escalating tensions and point to humanitarian problems in Ukraine that could be resolved by Russian intervention. And Russian patriotism is promoted to encourage the country’s support for military action,” Psaki continued. The number of corresponding Russian-language social media posts with this content increased by 200% in December.

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In view of a massive deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, the West fears that Russia is currently planning an invasion of the neighboring country after annexing Crimea in 2014. The Kremlin categorically denies this.

At the same time, he demanded from the United States and NATO agreements prohibiting the eastward expansion of NATO and the establishment of American military bases in the countries of the former Soviet sphere of influence.

Talks between the United States and Russia, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council and talks within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did not bring any progress this week. (With AFP and dpa)

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