Just Because Russian Army Isn’t There, Doesn’t Mean US Won’t See It

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Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov said that Russia is no longer surprised with even the most incredible accusations from the US State Department and Pentagon over Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which only pile up each time it stabilizes.

 

The US State Department is trying to destabilize the situation in the east of Ukraine by insisting that Russia is involved in the region, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.Accusations are levied against Moscow every time the Ukrainian crisis shows signs of stability.

The general said that Russia is no longer surprised with even the most incredible accusations from the US State Department and Pentagon and that Moscow is best left heeding the sage advice of a famous 19th century Russian writer and poet, Mikhail Lermontov, who wrote an epigram dealing with the futility of certain arguments.

Roughly translated, the epigram is: “To shame the liar, make fun of the fool and argue with a woman —– like pouring water in a sieve – from all the three, Save me, O Lord!”

 

“Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not see them [Russian troops] there. The OSCE does not see them there. Western journalists working in DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and LPR [Luhansk People’s Republic] don’t see them there. And Washington – it sees it all,” he said. “Neither Generals Breedlove and Hodges, nor the Assistant Secretary of State Nuland are able to explain how and where they have allegedly seen the Russian troops in Ukraine, but stubbornly call on everyone to put off any doubts. Like a verse from a song ‘Guys, we should simply believe in wonders.’”“Frankly speaking, it’s difficult to avoid the feeling that representatives from the [US] State Department and Pentagon are actually living in some other unknown world of dreams and adventures like the gas planet of Pandora, but in this case it’s unclear who we’re trying to hold dialogue with all the time in regard to the situation in Ukraine: with real beings or with Washington avatars,” Konashenkov said.

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Claims on dispatching of Russian troops to Ukraine a propaganda concoction — RF diplomat

No response by OSCE to Ukrainian army actions “adds fuel to flames”, Russia’s First Deputy Ambassador to the UN said

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UNITED NATIONS, November 13. /TASS/. Assertions about the dispatching of Russian troops to Ukraine are nothing more than a propaganda concoction, Alexander Pankin, Russia’s First Deputy Ambassador to the UN said on Wednesday at a session of the UN Security Council.

“No one presents real facts or evidence of this. That is why it is nothing but talk. This is a usual propaganda concoction,” Pankin told a session of the UN Security Council, adding that Kiev spread rumours about Russia allegedly sending troops and weapons to Ukraine “to excuse its failures and mass dispatches of people and equipment to the front”.

Also he said that the lack of response by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces “adds fuel to the flames” of the conflict.

“Unfortunately we have to recognise that an almost total lack of response by the OSCE mission to the Ukrainian armed forces and other military formations moving and consolidating their position adds fuel to the flames,” Pankin told a session of the UN Security Council, noting reports that heavy artillery and tanks were observed near the town of Karlovka in the Donetsk region on November 9. On November 8, the Ukrainian military was reported to relocate to the Lugansk region its Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems alongside Scud tactical missiles.

“Why do they say nothing about these facts? It should be clear to everyone that the lack of information on that point in OSCE reports creates a false and provocative picture of all that is happening,” the diplomat added.

Russia also wants the United Nations Security Council to remain compact. It also considers any ideas infringing on the right of veto by the Council’s permanent members to be unacceptable.

“Any ideas leading to infringement on the prerogatives of the current permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including the institute of veto, are unacceptable for us. It should be remembered that this institute is a vital factor that stimulates the Council members to search for balanced decisions.  Any encroachment on this right would be wrong both from historical and political points of view,” Pankin told the U.N. General Assembly meeting devoted to the Security Council reform.

The Russian diplomat noted that Moscow was ready to consider any reasonable options for expanding the Security Council line-up, including a compromise solution that should be based on broad U.N. consent.

At the same time, Pankin noted, the U.N. Security Council should preserve its ability to react promptly and efficiently to emerging challenges.

“This is particularly important in conditions when trouble spots are growing on our planet,” Pankin said adding that the optimal number of Security Council members should not exceed 20 states.