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Claims of Russian military presence in Ukraine unfounded — Foreign Ministry

December 02, 2014, 14:09 UTC+3
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich commented on the recent NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution on Ukraine calling it a sample product of “mythmaking”
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Russia's Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russia's Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

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MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. Claims by the spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Andrey Lysenko about presence of Russian military in Ukraine are devoid of any foundation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Tuesday.

“Lysenko is well-known for catchy statements,” Lukashevich said. “His allegations about some Russian military in Ukraine have never had any facts to rely on.”

The diplomat commented on the recent NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution on Ukraine calling it a sample product of “mythmaking”.

“The Parliamentary Assembly of NATO in the Hague has adopted a resolution entitled Supporting Sovereignty and Democracy in Ukraine. This document is a sample of epistolary mythmaking,” he said.

Lukashevich noted that the document is yet another attempt to blame the crisis in Ukraine on Russia.

“The document is very far from objectivity,” Lukashevich said.

The diplomat also said the Kiev-Luhansk republic agreement on pullout of troops is a very important step to deescalate tensions and enforce the Minsk Accords.

Russia once again calls to give up sanctions

Lukashevich said Moscow hopes that common sense will prevail in the issue of western sanctions against Russia.

He said that Russia urged the West "to overcome this vicious logic of restrictive measures and threats and switch to the search for constructive solutions, in particular, of the grave Ukrainian crisis."

Last Saturday the Foreign Ministry issued a call to the European countries urging them to get out of the dead end of sanctions and promised that Russia’s counter-sanctions would be lifted in return.

In response to that proposal European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the sanctions would stay in effect until Moscow took steps towards “restoring peace” to the region, apparently referring to hostilities in the east of Ukraine.

Russia dissatisfied with MH17 crash probe

The diplomat also commented on Russia's stance regarding the investigation into the Malaysian Boeing crash in Ukraine. He said Russia is not satisfied with the investigation. Lukashevich said that the investigation should be thorough, transparent and independent, adding that Moscow kept watching the course of the probe.

He also expressed concern over Dutch statements that some of the plane's fragments had no interest to investigators.

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