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Russia again lambasts US for accusations on Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:35PM

Russia has slammed the United States for making unfounded claims on Moscow's presence in east Ukraine, another sign of deepening war of words between the two countries over the armed conflict in Ukraine.

Spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday called claims by US officials on the alleged presence of Russian troops in the conflict in east Ukraine as "improbable accusations.'

'We are no longer surprised even at the most improbable accusations representatives of the US Department of State and the Pentagon have been making … with regard to the 'involvement' of Russian troops in the civil war in Ukraine," said Igor Konashenkov.

The Russian officials said the relative stability in east Ukraine has led to a "spike" in accusations leveled against Russia by Washington. He described the allegations as totally unfounded which could not be substantiated by the other parties involved in the conflict.

"Ukrainian General Staff Chief Viktor Muzhenko does not see them [Russian troops] there. The OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] does not see them...but Washington does,' Konashenkov added.

The Russian general regretted that the US officials keep making unsubstantiated claims and asked them to name a location, if there is any, for the alleged presence of the Russian troops in east Ukraine.

However, he added that people like Victoria Nuland, a US assistant secretary of state, and Pentagon generals, Philip Breedlove and Ben Hodges, keep trying to convince everyone that Russia does have a presence in there.

'Guys, you have to believe in miracles,' the general said, referring to a famous song.

Washington and Moscow are already at loggerheads over the crisis in east Ukraine which has claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people. Hopes were revived after leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed on a truce deal on February 12 in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. However, sporadic clashes have continued with the two sides claiming that they are committed to implementing the ceasefire.

Western governments accuse Russia of having a hand in the armed confrontation in east Ukraine. Moscow denies that, saying that the Western-backed government in Kiev should stop suppressing the rights of the ethnic Russian population in that part of the country.

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