Politics Russia dismisses UK claim that Moscow is trying to replace Ukraine government
Fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine rises despite US push for diplomacy
U.S. officials are raising alarm that Russian threats of war against Ukraine are spiking dangerously despite the conclusion of a week of diplomatic meetings aimed at avoiding the outbreak of open conflict. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.
Russia is dismissing a British claim that Moscow is looking to replace the Ukrainian government with pro-Russia officials, calling the suggestion "misinformation."
"The disinformation spread by the British Foreign Office is more evidence that it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sunday on the messaging service Telegram, according to .
"We call on the British Foreign Office to stop provocative activities, stop spreading nonsense," she added.
Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says
"Russia needs to reinvent itself as a modern state," Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU, told CNBC Tuesday. "It's already gone," he said regarding the Soviet bloc which collapsed in 1991.Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. And it has supported a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country where low-level fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian troops has continued ever since.Now, U.S.
The United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issued a statement earlier in the day claiming to have information indicating that the Russian government isin Kyiv.
The office said information it obtained shows that the Russian intelligence service maintains connections with a number of former Ukrainian politicians, including former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who served between 2010 and 2014.
Former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Murayev is being looked at as a potential candidate to lead the country, according to the British government.
The British report and Russia's subsequent denial comes amid increased tensions in the region, as Moscow has amassed more than 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. The U.S. and other allied nations are concerned that Moscow may invade Kyiv.
President Biden, during his marathon press conference on Wednesday, told reporters he believes Russia will "move in." Moscow, however, has denied reports that it is planning an invasion.
National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said the British claim is "deeply disturbing, emphasizing that the Ukrainians have a right to defend themselves.
"This kind of plotting is deeply concerning," Horne said, according to the AP. "The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine."
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The Chinese Defense Ministry said joint drills "further enriched the connotation of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia in the new era."Russian and Chinese warships joined forces for the "Peaceful Sea-2022" anti-piracy drills in the Arabian Sea. The maneuvers involved the Russian Pacific Fleet's Slava-class missile cruiser Varyag, Udaloy-class large anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma as well as Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Ürümqi and Type 903A supply ship Taihu.