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Russia rejects Britain’s claim that it is trying to establish a pro-Kremlin leader in Ukraine

Moscow has accused Britain of “disinformation,” but former Ukrainian parliamentarian Jeveny Mlaev said it could form an alliance with the Kremlin given that it was placed under Russian sanctions in 2018. He rejects the idea as “stupid.”

People form a symbolic human chain on the bridge in Kiev on January 22, 2022, to commemorate the Day of Unity of Ukraine. (AFP)

Russia has rejected Britain’s allegations that the Kremlin is trying to replace the Ukrainian government with a pro-Moscow government, and former Ukrainian lawmaker Jeveny Muraev is a potential candidate.

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the comment as “disinformation” on Sunday, accusing Britain and NATO of “increasing tensions” with Ukraine.

Mlaev himself poured cold water on the idea that Russia wanted to appoint him as the leader of Ukraine.

“I have already read this conspiracy theory in all news publications this morning. It is absolutely unproven and absolutely unfounded,” Mlaev told Reuters.

Mr Mlaev told The Associated Press that Britain’s allegations “look ridiculous and interesting” and that they have been denied entry into Russia since 2018 because they threaten Russia’s security.

He said sanctions were imposed as a result of a dispute with Victor Medvedchuk, Ukraine’s most prominent pro-Russian politician and friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The days of pro-Western politicians in Ukraine are forever gone,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Everything that does not support Ukraine’s pro-Western development path will automatically become pro-Russian,” Mlaev told AP.

Yevheniy Murayev said he has been denied entry to Russia since 2018 because it is a threat to Russia's security.

Yevheniy Murayev said he has been denied entry to Russia since 2018 because it is a threat to Russia’s security. (Reuters)

British claim

On Saturday, the British Foreign Ministry nominated Muraev, the leader of a small party that does not have a seat in parliament, as well as several other Ukrainian politicians who said they had a connection with Russian intelligence.

These politicians include Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, who was expelled in the 2014 uprising, and Andrey Kluev, the former Chief of Staff of Yanukovych.

“Some of these are in contact with Russian intelligence personnel who are currently involved in planning an attack on Ukraine,” the Foreign Ministry said without providing evidence to support the accusation.

Britain’s Foreign Minister Liz Truss said the information “is an insight into the Kremlin’s thinking, shedding light on the scope of Russia’s activities designed to destroy Ukraine.”

“Russian toolkit”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he could not specifically comment on Britain’s allegations, but said that “we have been warning about this type of tactic for weeks.”

“This makes up the bulk of the Russian toolkit,” he said in an interview with US broadcaster CNN.

“It carries out a range from large-scale traditional aggression or aggression to Ukraine to these kinds of precarious activities in an attempt to overthrow the government, and people pay attention to it. Is important. “

In recent months, the United States has launched an aggressive campaign to unite its European allies to counter Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The White House called the British government’s reputation “deeply concerned” and said it was endorsed by the officially elected Ukrainian government.

Ukraine receives a second batch of US weapons

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he had been commissioned by the United States for a second weapon as part of a total of $ 200 million in defense assistance.

“Kiev’s second bird [Kiev]!! Over 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities from American friends! And that’s not the end. “

About 90 tonnes of “fatal safety aid”, including ammunition from a US-approved package in December, arrived in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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