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ANKARA, August 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has dismissed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s allegations Russia had moved its troops into Ukraine.
“I would advise Western politicians and the public at large to avoid yielding to such media provocations. Many seem to be quite accustomed to hearing lies, if you don’t mind my saying so, from officials in Kiev. Just don’t believe them,” Naryshkin told the media on Thursday.
He quoted a number of examples to explain what made him so certain. “Firstly, they are talking about a high concentration of Russian troops on the border. I would ask this counter question: what would the defense ministry of any other country be doing at a time when full-scale combat operations involving heavy armaments, multiple rocket launchers and aircraft were on in the territory of a neighboring state? In the meantime, this is precisely what is happening to our regret in the territory of a fraternal country, Ukraine,” Naryshkin said.
He believes that in such situations "any country is in a position to take proportionate steps to ensure its own security".
Another example Naryshkin mentioned concerned the presence of troops in the territory of neighboring states. “Just take a look at how many cases there were of Ukrainian military in large numbers crossing the border into our territory,” Naryshkin said.
He recalled that whenever that happened, Russia extended a helping hand. The military were fed and given first medical aid and none of such incidents was presented as a provocation by Ukraine.
“I would like to ask why have the Western mass media and politicians never raised their voices to declare such incidents were acts of aggression or of military intrusion into the Russian territory? Such things never happened and they should be regarded calmly,” Naryshkin said.
He sees no need for calling an urgent meeting of the lower house of parliament in the wake of Poroshenko’s statement. “We keep working as usual,” Naryshkin said.