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MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov told the media on Thursday that those Pentagon and US Department of State officials who have been voicing allegations of some presence of Russian troops in Ukraine’s southeast are living in a world of "daydreams and adventures". He remarked that the intensity and frequency of such charges grew as the situation returned to stability.
The Russian Defense Ministry, Konashenkov said, "has long stopped getting surprised over the most incredible charges" heard from the US military and from the Department of State. He recalled that neither the chief of the Ukrainian General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko, nor OSCE monitors, nor western journalists had noticed any Russian troops in Ukraine.
"Neither generals Breedlove and Hodges, nor US Assistant Secretary of State Nuland can explain where they have allegedly seen Russian troops in Ukraine. But they keep urging one and all to have not a shade of doubt that to see a miracle happen one just has to really believe in it. Honestly speaking, one cannot but rid oneself of the impression that US Department of State and Pentagon people exist in some weird world of dreams and adventures that looks pretty much like Moon Pandora," Konashenkov said.
If so, he continued, it remains unclear who those we have been trying to negotiate Ukraine with in Washington are - real creatures or just their avatars.
"For the time being all that is left to us," Konashenkov said, "is to re-read Russian classics, say, 19th century poet Mikhail Lermontov, who once wrote:
Rebuking liars, ridiculing fools
And carrying water in a sieve…
Nothing is worse. That’s my firm rule.
Oh Lord, do come to my relief!"