US Paints Frightening Image on Ukraine Situation Using False Info: SVR
The foreign intelligence service of Russia, SVR, denied the allegation of the US department of state and saw US activity as intimidation of the global community.
The US State Department is spreading false information about Russia's alleged troop buildup for a military invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) said Monday.
"Recently, Washington officials have been actively intimidating the global community with Russia's alleged preparation for 'aggression' against Ukraine," the SVR said.
The apparatus also said incoming data shows that the United States has been bringing to its allies and partners "absolutely false information" regarding the concentration of forces on the territory of Russia for "a military invasion of Ukraine," the service added.
"These accusations are completely false," it asserted.
Russia never used forces to seize foreign territory: senior Senator
No one recalls in the entire modern history of international relations Russia had ever attacked anyone, Federation Council member Konstantin Kosachev said Monday.
"Russia has never used its armed forces to seize foreign territory. In the case of Crimea and the southeast of Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces, in principle, were not used, and, naturally, will never be used," the senator told Russia-24.
However, Konstantin explained that the usage of the Russian Armed Forces in Georgia in 2008 was "an operation to compel it to peace."
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov slammed Sunday the United States for driving "hysteria" over a possible Russian invasion after Western countries accused Moscow of amassing troops near the ex-Soviet country.
Peskov's statements followed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's refusal on Saturday to declare whether US intelligence believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to seize land from Ukraine.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused NATO on Sunday of not responding to the Russian warning over "fanning tension near the Russian borders."
"NATO keeps silent and continues," the spokeswoman added.