According to the spokeswoman for the White House, Moscow would give itself the means to “create from scratch a pretext for an invasion” of eastern Ukraine. The spokesman for the Russian presidency brushed aside these “unproven” allegations.
“Until now, all these statements were devoid of evidence and have not been confirmed by anything”: the spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, replied in these terms on January 14 to a question from the press, on Western allegations about a supposed upcoming Russian provocation in the Donbass.
So far, all these statements have been devoid of evidence and have not been confirmed by anything.
The American television channel CNN had reported earlier today that the United States had information indicating that “Russia [avait] pre-positioned a group of agents to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine”. The media relied, on this subject, on a source within the American administration.
More officially, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki detailed the information that Washington claims to have available to the press on January 14: “Russia is laying the groundwork for the possibility of creating from scratch a pretext for an invasion, including including through acts of sabotage and information operations, accusing Ukraine of planning an imminent attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” she said. Jen Psaki even specified that the Russian army planned “these activities several weeks before a military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February”.
Tensions between Russia and the West around Ukraine
Russian authorities have repeatedly denied accusations from Washington, Kiev and some of their allies that Russia is planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Tensions between the West and Russia over the Ukrainian issue have, in any case, been particularly high for several weeks. In a bid to reduce them, Moscow handed the United States and NATO draft agreements in mid-December, the key proposal of which is a commitment by the Atlantic alliance not to expand further east. . Russia considers that the successive enlargements of the Alliance led by Washington since the end of the Cold War pose a threat to its security, in particular because of the ambition of Ukraine, a neighboring country, to join the military organization.
This week, at the end of a series of high-level meetings, Westerners and Russians each underlined that fundamental differences persist between them on the subject of European security.
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