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West presents no facts to back up its charges against Russia, notes Lavrov

December 07, 15:47 UTC+3 MILAN
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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MILAN, December 7. /TASS/. The Western countries present no concrete facts to back up their numerous charges against Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference following a meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers on Friday.

"This is an eternal and inexhaustible theme. We are accused of violating the INF Treaty, of meddling in elections, and of attempts to control cyber and media spaces. But I have not seen a single fact yet," Lavrov said about the West’s charges against Russia.

"We [Russia] ask extremely precise questions every time a problem arises. Take the Malaysian MH17 flight disaster in July 2014. We ask: where are the data from the Ukrainian radars? We have already presented our own. We ask: where are the recordings of verbal exchanges between Ukrainian air traffic controllers? No answer. Where are data from US satellites, which certainly do exist? No reply. All our questions are extremely specific," Lavrov said.

The same applies to the Salisbury incident. We ask: where are the Skripals? No "highly likely" type of phrase can answer this question. You can reply either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Alive or not alive. We and our partners use different categories," Lavrov said.

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