In the face of constant accusations from Western powers, Moscow said it was not to blame for the rise in tensions and called for an end to what it called “mass anti-Russian psychosis.”
The comments were attributed to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov by Reuters. Peskov also denied to reporters that Russia had any involvement in a 2014 explosion at a Czech ammunition depot, something Moscow had just been accused of.
On Tuesday, the Czech Republic announced it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats over the alleged 2014 attack and asked NATO and EU countries to do the same in “solidarity.” The Czech move comes after the US slapped sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats over its own accusations against Moscow.
Piling on to the anti-Russia sentiment, the US State Department slammed Moscow on Monday for limiting foreign military activity in parts of the Black Sea, calling it an “unprovoked escalation.”
According to the Russian news agency Tass, from April 24th to October 31st, “navigation of foreign naval ships and other state vessels in some parts of the Black Sea in Russia’s territorial waters will be suspended.”
Limiting military activity in its territorial waters is hardly an escalation by Russia, and the move is clearly a response to reports of Western powers planning to send warships into the Black Sea.