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Russia accuses West of plotting ‘provocations’ in Ukraine

UK accuses Kremlin of trying to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in Geneva on Friday.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in Geneva on Friday.

RUSSIA,UK: Russia accused the West on Thursday of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine even as it blames Moscow of planning aggressive military action in the neighbouring country.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova alleged that Ukrainian and Western claims of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine were a “cover for staging large-scale provocations of their own, including those of military character.” “They may have extremely tragic consequences for the regional and global security,” Zakharova said. Meanwhile, Britain on Saturday accused the Kremlin of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, and said Russian intelligence officers had been in contact with a number of former Ukrainian politicians as part of plans for an invasion.

The British Foreign Ministry declined to provide evidence to back its accusations, which came at a time of high tensions between Russia and the West over Russia’s massing of troops near its border with Ukraine. Moscow has insisted it has no plans to invade.

The British ministry said it had information the Russian government was considering former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Murayev as a potential candidate to head a pro-Russian leadership.

“We will not tolerate Kremlin plot to install pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Twitter.

- THE PIONEER, VOA NEWS


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