Kerry accuses Russia of lying about involvement in Ukraine
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:59PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry has leveled accusations against Russian authorities, saying they have been "lying" to his face about Moscow's involvement in Ukraine.
'They have been persisting in their misrepresentations -- lies -- whatever you want to call them -- about their activities there to my face, to the face of others, on many different occasions,' Kerry said.
Speaking before the Senate on Tuesday, Kerry expressed anger about what he described as Russia's 'massive effort to sway nations, to appeal to them, reach out to them, and fundamentally, tragically, sort of reigniting a new kind of East-West zero sum game that we think is dangerous and unnecessary, frankly."
Russia has been targeted by a series of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union for allegations that Moscow is supporting pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
The top US diplomat further said Moscow was engaging in 'a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I've seen since the very height of the Cold War.'
During the meeting, the lawmakers urged for more military support for Ukraine's army.
'It is time for some more serious defensive arms to the Ukrainians," said Senator Chris Murphy. "I think that the Russians at this point have proven that they are immune to other forms of influence.'
Kerry, however, refused to inform the lawmakers about providing Ukrainian troops with lethal weapons, saying such discussions are still tentative.
"Until the president makes his decision, I'm going to keep my consultations personal and private with him,' he said.
Earlier this week, he said President Barack Obama was considering whether to arm Ukrainian forces and to impose harsher sanctions against Moscow over the alleged breaches of a recent ceasefire between the warring parties reached in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
Kerry also threatened to take action against Russia, calling the ceasefire a "failure."
The ceasefire has been reached earlier this month between Ukraine's warring sides, including the government forces and pro-Russians at a summit attended by the leaders of Russia, France, and Germany in Minsk.
The new deal calls for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy armaments as the initial steps toward a political settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.
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