UK accuses Kremlin of trying to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine

23/01/2022 13:00:00

Russia dismisses comments as ‘disinformation’, says UK is ‘escalating tensions’

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Britain has accused the Kremlin of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine

Russia dismisses comments as ‘disinformation’, says UK is ‘escalating tensions’

The Russian foreign ministry dismissed the comments as “disinformation”, accusing Britain and Nato of “escalating tensions” over Ukraine.“We urge the foreign office to cease these provocative activities, stop spreading nonsense and finally concentrate its efforts on studying the history of the Mongol-Tatar yoke,” the ministry said on its verified Facebook account.

DemandsThe British claims come a day after the top US and Russian diplomats failed to make a major breakthrough in talks to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, although they agreed to keep talking. Russia has made security demands on the United States including a halt to Nato’s eastward expansion and a pledge that Ukraine will never be allowed to join the Western military alliance.

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Britain should never accuse anybody ever again ..Will we ever learn you do not trust the Brits The British who would never dream of installing pro-uk leaders in other countries 🤫🤫 Can't have that can we, not after the US spent 5 billion to overthrow the democratically elected president in 2014. Ah, what are the Americans trying to do?

Don't the loyalist drug dealers get their drugs from this place! The first victim in war is the truth

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Biden’s domestic agenda stalls as pressure mounts one year into office The Russian foreign ministry dismissed the comments as “disinformation”, accusing Britain and Nato of “escalating tensions” over Ukraine.Updated 7 minutes ago US Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting on Friday in Geneva Source: PA Images TOP US AND Russian diplomats have agreed to keep talking amid the stand-off over Ukraine, despite a summit in Switzerland producing no movement on the crisis.The UK has alleged that it had information that Moscow was "looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv" as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine grow.As fears grow that Russia could invade its pro-Western neighbour, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for 90 minutes of hastily-arranged talks in Geneva.

“We urge the foreign office to cease these provocative activities, stop spreading nonsense and finally concentrate its efforts on studying the history of the Mongol-Tatar yoke,” the ministry said on its verified Facebook account. Demands The British claims come a day after the top US and Russian diplomats failed to make a major breakthrough in talks to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, although they agreed to keep talking. US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for about 90 minutes in Geneva at what the American diplomat said was a “critical moment”. Russia has made security demands on the United States including a halt to Nato’s eastward expansion and a pledge that Ukraine will never be allowed to join the Western military alliance. Some of those in contact with Russian intelligence officers were "currently involved in the planning for an attack on Ukraine", the Foreign Office said in a statement, though did not release details of the evidence. US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement: “This kind of plotting is deeply concerning. Blinken told Lavrov the US would give Russia written responses to Moscow’s proposals next week, and suggested the two would likely meet again shortly after that – offering some hope that any invasion would be delayed for at least a few more days. The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine. "We ended up with an agreement that we will receive written responses to all our proposals next week," Mr Lavrov said in a separate press conference.

” Mr Murayev (45) is a pro-Russian politician who opposes Ukraine’s integration with the West. Moscow wants Nato to promise that Ukraine will never be added as a member, that no alliance weapons will be deployed near Russian borders, and that it should pull back its forces from central and eastern Europe." "Disinformation circulated by @FCDOGovUK is yet another indication that it is the @NATO Members led by the Anglo-Saxon nations who are escalating tensions around #Ukraine," Russia's foreign ministry said in a tweet. According to a poll by the Razumkov Centre think-tank conducted in December 2021, he was ranked seventh among candidates for the 2024 presidential election with 6.3 per cent support. Advertisement “We didn’t expect any major breakthroughs to happen today, but I believe we are now on a clearer path to understanding each other’s positions,” Blinken said after the meeting. “You’ve made my evening. He is considered to be an owner of Ukrainian TV station "Nash", which regulators have been seeking to shut down since last year, accusing it of airing pro-Russian propaganda. The British foreign office seems confused,” Mr Murayev told Britain’s Observer newspaper. The United States and its allies and partners are standing together to expedite security assistance to Ukraine. Mr Biden bluntly assessed on Wednesday that Mr Putin is likely to "move in" on Ukraine and warned of a "disaster for Russia".

“It isn’t very logical. I’m banned from Russia. — Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) January 22, 2022 Blinken said Lavrov repeated Russia’s insistence that it has no plans to invade Ukraine, but the US and its allies remain unconvinced. Both fled Kyiv for Russia following the 2014 uprising in Ukraine that toppled a government that had rejected pressure to move the country closer to the West. Not only that but money from my father’s firm there has been confiscated.” Britain, which this week supplied 2,000 missiles and a team of military trainers to Ukraine, also said it had information that Russian intelligence services were maintaining links with “numerous” former Ukrainian politicians, including senior figures with links to former president Viktor Yanukovich.” Blinken added that Russia should remove its troops from the Ukrainian border if it wanted to prove its point. Mr Yanukovich fled to Russia in 2014 after three months of protests against his rule and was sentenced in absentia to 13 years in jail on treason charges in 2019. "The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking," said UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Romania's foreign ministry quickly hit back, saying the demand "is unacceptable and cannot be part of a negotiation.

‘Planning for attack’ “Some of these have contact with Russian intelligence officers currently involved in the planning for an attack on Ukraine,” the British foreign office statement said. “I can’t say whether we are on the right track or not,” he told reporters. Downing Street also said Boris Johnson was planning to ramp up pressure on Russia this week by calling for European counterparts to come together with the United States to face down Russian aggression. Earlier, RIA news agency reported that Ms Truss would visit Moscow in February to meet her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, while Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu and his British counterpart Ben Wallace have also agreed to hold talks.” Blinken suggested there was no leeway on Russia’s demands, saying firmly: “There is no trade space there. "The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically elected partners in Ukraine. – Reuters Read More .