NEW YORK, November 19. /TASS/. Russia would not have launched a special military operation in Ukraine, if the United States and its allies had not been trying to turn Ukraine into ‘anti-Russia’ for decades, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in a comment to Newsweek.
"We underscore that the following thesis is absolutely baseless: but for our military operation, nothing would have happened. In response to this, we can only say that if the United States and its satellites had not been turning Ukraine into ‘anti-Russia’ for decades, the Russian Federation would not have launched the special military operation," the embassy’s press service quoted Antonov as saying.
Commenting on the recent fall of a Ukrainian missile in Poland, the ambassador said: "US officials, media and non-governmental organizations continue to voice a mantra "Russia is to blame for everything." The American side resorts to such a method in any difficult situation. Even when the US publicly acknowledges the fact that Kiev is responsible for the deaths of Polish civilians."
A missile fell in the village of Przewodow in eastern Poland’s Lublin Voivodeship close to the border with Ukraine on November 15, killing two people. Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday the missile was part of the Ukrainian air defense system. The US State Department said the US has full confidence in the accuracy of conclusions made by Poland. The Russian Foreign Ministry called statements by Kiev with respect to the incident a "gross provocation." According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile was fired by a Ukrainian S-300 air defense system.