Russia has dismissed allegations by the US that its own agents were planning a special operation in eastern Ukraine as “unfounded”. The US government had previously accused Russia of creating a pretext for a possible invasion of Ukraine. As is so often the case, supposedly sensational news was being spread by the US without any basis for it, the Russian embassy in Washington announced today.
“We have information that suggests Russia has already deployed a group of agents to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said yesterday. The information indicated that they would also begin to “manufacture provocations” in the media to justify Russian intervention and sow divisions in Ukraine.
Read more …
Tensions in the Ukraine conflict had increased sharply recently. The West criticizes a Russian troop deployment near the Ukrainian border and fears a possible attack. That’s why there were talks at different levels this week. For the first time in two and a half years, the 30 NATO countries and Russia consulted again. There was also a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). At the beginning of the week, representatives of Russia and the USA met in Geneva.
Report: US explores contingency plan for gas supplies
According to an agency report, the US government has sounded out emergency plans for gas deliveries to Europe with energy companies. Officials from the State Department have spoken to the companies about capacity for higher supply volumes in the event that Russian gas supplies are interrupted, Reuters reports today, citing circles familiar with the matter.
According to the information provided, the companies had stated that a loss of large quantities from Russia would be difficult to replace, referring to the scarce gas supplies around the world. It is not yet known which companies have been approached. The European Union obtains around a third of its gas requirements from Russia. US sanctions against Russia could affect deliveries.