On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the US claim that Moscow was planning to make a “propaganda video” of a fake attack to justify an invasion of Ukraine as “nonsense.”
In comments to Newsweek, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said the allegation was part of an information war against Russia. “These lies are part of information war against Russia. For several months already, Washington has been agitating the entire world with claims that Ukraine is about to fall victim to “Russian aggression.” However, a mishap happened since there is no invasion,” Antonov said.
Russia has been strongly denying that it plans to invade Ukraine since the US started making the claim in November. “I would like to assure Newsweek’s readers without reservation that Russia does not intend to attack anyone,” Antonov said.
Washington made the latest allegation against Russia without providing any evidence. US officials only said that there was “intelligence” that suggested Moscow was planning to make a video and didn’t provide any more detail than that. It was the second time in recent weeks that the US baselessly accused Russia of plotting a false flag as a pretext to invade Ukraine.
State Department spokesman Ned Price was confronted about the lack of evidence by AP reporter Matt Lee. Price insisted the word of US government officials should be enough. “That’s not evidence Ned, that’s you saying it. That’s not evidence,” Lee said.