15 Jan. 2022 08:56 o’clock
The United States accuses Russia of preparing a pretext for an invasion with “false flag” acts of sabotage in eastern Ukraine. Accordingly, the attack could take place between mid-January and mid-February. Russia rejects such speculation as unfounded.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on January 14 media reports that Russia was preparing acts of sabotage in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion of the neighboring country. In a comment for the news agency TASS he called such accusations baseless:
“So far, all these explanations have been unfounded and have not been justified.”
Previously, the TV station CNN on Friday, citing an anonymous US government source, reported that Russia had sent a special task force to the Donbass conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. This should prepare a pretext for an invasion with acts of sabotage “under false flags”. The message was later published by Guardian, the Washington Post and several news agencies like Reuters, AFP and Bloomberg.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that according to US information, Russia had already deployed agents trained in “urban warfare” for this purpose. The information indicated that these agents would begin using provocations on state and social media to justify an intervention. This approach was already seen in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea. Psaki also gave a possible deadline for an alleged Russian invasion: the attack could come between mid-January and mid-February.
The Russian embassy in the US condemned such speculation on Facebook and called it unfounded. With these accusations, one tries one and the same scenario: First one brings a “sensation” into circulation, which is then repeated several times by the press. The Russian embassy warned the US against pressuring Russia in this way. Russian diplomats called on the US government to work objectively on the security guarantee project proposed by Russia:
“Russia is against war. We are for a diplomatic solution to all international problems.”
In December 2021, Russia had demanded security guarantees from the USA and NATO and published a draft agreement. Among other things, Moscow demanded written assurances that the western military alliance would no longer expand to the east. On January 9th and 10th, a Russian and a US delegation held talks in Geneva. On January 12, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels. There was also a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Thursday.
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