The Russian Embassy in the United States called the White House's statement about the “invasion” of Ukraine “stuffing” The White House press secretary said earlier that Moscow could be preparing a pretext for military aggression. According to her, the “invasion” of Ukraine may occur as early as January-February. The Russian Embassy called these statements unfounded
The building of the Russian Embassy in the USA on Ukraine and the timing of the alleged attack.
“Representatives of the [American] administration are already describing in detail scenarios for such provocations, naming the dates for the eventual start of “operations.” As usual, there is no evidence. <…> The same scenario is repeated: there is a “throw-in”; sensation, which then, repeated many times by the press, turns into the main newsbreak, — the embassy noted.
The diplomatic mission stressed that the accusations against Russia made in the United States are “unfounded and cannot have any evidence.”
The Russian side called on the United States to “substantial work to provide security guarantees” offered by Moscow, and opposed the war and for the diplomatic resolution of international problems.
January 14, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing that Russia is laying the groundwork to fabricate a pretext to invade Ukraine and that the country is planning a “false flag” operation.
“We have seen this before, as it did in 2014, including sabotage and information operations to accuse Ukraine of preparing imminent attacks on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. The Russian military plans to start such activity a few weeks before the military invasion,— she said. According to Psaki, the attack could take place “between mid-January and mid-February.”
She explained that “Russian agents of influence” began to fabricate provocations in the state media and the Internet in order to “justify Russian interference.” We are talking about publications about the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine and the dissemination of messages on social networks promoting Russia's ability to solve humanitarian and social issues in a neighboring country. According to the American side, in December 2021, the number of such messages per day reached 2.5 thousand— twice as many as in November.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the same day that Russia was “actively pursuing a pretext for a potential invasion <…> to Ukraine».
Before that, about the preparation by Moscow of “a task force for conducting an operation in the east of Ukraine under a false flag” CNN reported. The New York Times wrote that the US administration accuses Moscow of sending saboteurs to eastern Ukraine as a provocation that would give the Russian authorities a pretext to order an invasion.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called these publications unfounded.
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