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Foreign Ministry: SACEUR accusations of Russia justify ceasefire break by Ukrainian army

July 02, 2014, 18:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich noted that such statements aimed to escalate the situation around Ukraine

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General Philip Breedlove

General Philip Breedlove

© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

MOSCOW, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US General Philip Breedlove’s accusations blaming Russia for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine aim to justify the break of the ceasefire in the south-eastern regions of the country by the Ukrainian army, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, July 2.

“We have noted Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US General Philip Breedlove’s statements, which at this crucial time when the leading world powers are taking joint efforts to find solutions to the Ukrainian crisis, bring about no other reaction than surprise. Obviously, such statements aim to escalate the situation around Ukraine,” he said.

“We think it is absolutely unacceptable when a military representative of such a high rank gets involved in an information and propaganda campaign by spreading false information about the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

He noted that Russia had repeatedly given exhaustive explanations on all issues related to security on the border with Ukraine. “Moreover, based on the results of a more than 15 inspections received by the Russian Federation since March of this year under the Open Skies Treaty, no convincing proof of the Russian military buildup along the border with Ukraine was presented,” Lukashevich said.

He said the Foreign Ministry would continue to monitor the implementation of NATO’s plans to ensure its permanent sustainable presence near the Russian borders. “We are waiting for NATO’s explanations on how this goes along with the alliance’s obligations stated in the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (1997) not to carry out its collective defence and other missions by additional permanent stationing of substantial combat forces in Europe”, Lukashevich said.

“We cannot but consider the statements of the Allied Supreme Commander Europe as anything else but an attempt to justify the break of the ceasefire by Ukraine,” he said.

Breedlove made his statement on Russia’s role in the Ukrainian crisis during a news briefing at the Pentagon on June 30.

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