U.S. Secretary of State, speaking at the Senate, accused "Russian agents" of sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine. Russia, in turn, accused Washington of increasing tension in the region.
"The United States and Ukraine have nothing to worry about. Russia has said many times that it was not conducting unusual or unscheduled activities, important from a military point of view, on the territory near the border with Ukraine," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. According to him, the attempts to accuse Russia of deploying troops in the region were groundless.
Indeed, the Foreign Minister spoke about this at the end of March, but for some reason, the West continues to insist that the Russian troops pose a threat to Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking before the U.S. Senate, said that Obama had already prepared a package of more serious sanctions against Russia. The sanctions would be introduced should Russia continue to "develop aggression on the territory of Ukraine." According to him, it is "Russian agents" that incite chaos in the east of the country, to give the Russian troops a reason to invade the territory.
"The United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior," Kerry said, apparently forgetting that he represents the country that resorted to 19th century behavior on so many occasions in its history, including the invasion of Iraq under the pretext of never-to-be-found weapons of mass destruction.
"Russia's clear and unmistakable involvement in destabilizing and engaging in separatist activities in the east of Ukraine is more than deeply disturbing," Kerry said. Russia has the choice of either working with the international community or facing greater isolation and paying the cost "for their failure to see that the world is not a zero-sum game," he aded.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a few days ago that Russia would make a historic mistake by invading the territory of Eastern Ukraine.