Russia has accused NATO of being “hysterical” in the Ukraine conflict and has called on the military alliance to end its “campaign of aggression.” Western nations are trying to hold Moscow accountable for escalating tensions on the Donbass and Russia-Ukraine border, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized on Wednesday. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakarova accused unnamed members of NATO of “operating close to military borders in Ukraine and the Black Sea near the Russian border.”
A spokesman complained about the intensification of intelligence flights and the continuation of military assistance to Ukraine by NATO countries. This year alone, seven maneuvers with various participating states are planned in Ukrainian territory. “NATO countries continue to provide financial and material-logistical support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”
Sakarova said the supply of deadly weapons and the training of Ukrainian troops by Western experts continued. According to a resolution of the Ukrainian parliament in January, 4,000 soldiers from the United States and other NATO countries will be allowed to stay in Ukraine permanently this year.
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“All this will not contribute to security in the region or to the resolution of the conflict in the Donbass, and this is a matter of grave concern to the Russian side,” Sakarova said. The “propaganda campaign against Russia, the warming of the military product and the Donbass” must end.
Sakarova said the West wants to divert attention from Ukraine’s military preparations for the Donbass. He accused Kiev of “sabotaging” the Minsk peace program. So the Ukrainian government is responsible for the situation there.
At the same time, the ministry acknowledged that “the Russian armed forces are preparing for war.” However, it is always planned for this time of year. And they are not stronger than usual, Sakarova insisted. “We exclusively support a solution to the conflict in Donbass by peaceful means.” (dpa)