Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Britain’s claim to have a pro-Russian leader in Kiev on Sunday while considering whether Moscow would invade the needy Eastern European countries.
“We have information that the Kremlin is trying to establish a pro-Russian leader in Kiev when considering whether to invade and occupy Ukraine,” a British statement said. Published on SaturdayI started by saying.
The UK further suggested that the Kremlin is currently “maintaining”[ing] Connections with former officials, including Serhiy Arbuzov, former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine from 2012 to 2014. Andriy Kluyev, the first Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2012. Former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Vladimir Sibkovich. Mykola Azarov, Prime Minister of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014.
In addition, a British statement claims that former Ukrainian parliamentarian Jeffhen Mlaev has been “considered” by Russian leaders “as a potential candidate” to lead the Ukrainian government.
Britain did not provide evidence of that claim. However, Foreign Minister Liz Truss argued that Moscow should ease tensions and “end the campaign of attacks and disinformation and pursue a diplomatic path.”
But over the weekend, Russian officials said the UK Foreign Ministry should stop publishing “nonsense” and “disinformation.”
“We urge London to end its stupid rhetorical provocation, which is extremely dangerous in today’s overheated situation, and to contribute to true diplomatic efforts to ensure the security of Europe.” statement It was issued by the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom.
The embassy further stated that Britain’s strategy was “Russia attempted an” inevitable “invasion of Ukraine, acting as an ideological leader, protecting itself from” dictators “and” liberating the world. ” I’m aiming for it. “
Meanwhile, Muraev dismissed the allegations in response to a British statement.
“You made my night. The Foreign, Commonwealth Office seems confused,” Mlaev said. Said Outlet, saying he was down Russian sanctions Since 2018. statement He also told Strana.news: [the sanctions] Russia seems to want me to be the head of the occupying government. That’s Mr. Bean’s question, “he mentions the famous British sitcom character played by comedian Rowan Atkinson.
“This morning I have already read this conspiracy theory in all news publications: absolutely unproven, absolutely unfounded.” Mlaev Said Sunday’s Reuters news agency added that he is considering legal action.
In a message to Reuters, Ukrainian adviser Mikairo Podryak of the Cheong Wa Dae questioned among Ukrainians whether the Kremlin was “ridiculous” for the Kremlin to lead Ukraine. He admitted that the claim should be taken seriously. .. However, he added that Russia had previously favored minor figures in the leadership position of the annexed Crimea and the separatist-owned Donbas.
Therefore, “we should take this information as seriously as possible,” he said.
Reuters contributed to this report.