US Encouraging Provocation Between Russia, Ukraine
- PressTV Published on Nov 28, 2018
Moscow says the United States is encouraging provocation between Russia and Ukraine over the recent confrontation off the coast of Crimea. Lavrov added that Washington should mediate between Ukraine and its breakaway regions instead of defending Kiev. The comments by the top diplomat come as the Russian President blamed his Ukrainian counterpart for Sunday’s incident. Putin accused Petro Poroshenko of orchestrating a naval provocation in order to boost his popularity ratings ahead of the country’s upcoming election. Meanwhile, Russia has planned to deploy more of its advanced S-400 air defense systems to Crimea. Last week, Russia seized three Ukrainian ships along with 24 sailors. Moscow accuses Ukraine of illegally intruding into the Russian territorial waters. Kiev however, says the ships had a right to pass freely in the area under international law.