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Inspectors’ saying no Russian military activity doesn’t suit Kiev ‘party of war' — ForMin

February 19, 2015, 19:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On February 9-12, Ukrainian officers inspected an area of 15,000 square meters in Russia’s Rostov region, finding no military activity there, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich
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MOSCOW, February 19./TASS/. The findings of Ukrainian inspectors saying there is no Russian military activity in the Rostov region bordering on eastern Ukraine don’t suit Ukraine’s "party of war," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a briefing on Thursday.

From February 9 to 12, Ukrainian officers inspected an area of 15,000 square meters in Russia’s Rostov region, finding no military activity there, the diplomat reminded journalists.

The inspection was carried out in line with the Vienna Document of 2011 on confidence and security building measures. The team found no military activity "of which its leadership announced after the checks had ended," Lukashevich added.

However, "the party of war" continued attempts to edit inspectors’ observations into conformity with the desired result, he said. "Otherwise how can one explain that the press service of the Ukrainian General Staff has raised claims to Russian journalists in connection with their allegedly covering the inspection results biasedly," he said.

It said "the Ukrainian side reserves the right to consider that ‘military activity could be carried out’ in places that the Ukrainian team did not visit," Lukashevich continued.

He said statements by the press service, acting out on "political contract" did not deserve long comments. "However, we draw attention to Kiev’s intention to include such allegations into the official report on the results of the inspection, that is due to appear before the end of February," the diplomat said.

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