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Kremlin denounces US “hysteria” over Ukraine conflict

Amman Today

publish date 2021-11-21 20:45:59

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced the “hysteria” raised by the United States over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, after Western countries accused Moscow of massing its forces near the borders of the former Soviet country.

His comments came as Western countries raised the alarm this week against the backdrop of Russia’s military activities near Ukraine, while Washington expressed “real concern” about what it described as “extraordinary” activities.

“This hysteria is being stirred up artificially,” Peskov told state television. Those who brought in their armed forces from abroad accuse us of unusual military activity on our soil – that is, the United States.”

The Ukrainian army has been involved in a conflict against pro-Russian separatists in two regions near Russia’s borders since 2014, after Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons across the border in support of the separatists, something Moscow denies.

Peskov’s comments came after the US secretary of state refused to say whether US intelligence services believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was aiming to extract territory from Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Sunday that preparations are underway for another summit between Putin and US President Joe Biden, after they met in Geneva earlier this year.

Despite increased contacts between the two rivals since the June summit, tensions have recently escalated.

In addition to the conflict in Ukraine, the United States has warned Russia of its alleged role in the migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border, along with an attack on a satellite last week.

Moscow and Washington differ over a growing number of files, including international crises, issues of election interference, cyber attacks, espionage, and others.

(AFP)

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