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Newsline: Russian ambassador denies accusations of invasion plans

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov on Sunday denied accusations from Western governments that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine as tensions increase in the region. “There is no invasion. There is no such plans,” Antonov said while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Russia has publicly … declared its readiness to continue the diplomatic efforts to resolve all outstanding issues,” Antonov added. “Russian troops are on sovereign Russian territory. We don’t threaten anyone.” (https://news.yahoo.com/russian-ambassador-denies-accusations-invasion-164850837.html) Host Margaret Brennan pushed back against Antonov’s characterization of Russia’s military actions, pointing out that there are thousands of Russian troops along Ukraine borders with Belarus and Moldova as well as Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. Antonov shot back that the U.S. has “so many military bases” around the world and Russia has significantly fewer. He argued that Russia’s military actions are not violating any legally binding norms. Antonov further stated that Donbass, the eastern Ukrainian region occupied by Russia-backed separatists, is Ukraine’s territory.

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