NATO Statements on Preventing Clash With Russia Attempt to Whitewash Leaders - Moscow
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskyMinistry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NATO statements about need to prevent a “direct clash” with Russia is a distraction, aimed at whitewashing alliance leaders before their votes, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
In late November, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance’s main goal is to prevent a war between NATO and Russia.
“Everything that NATO members, including Secretary General Stoltenberg, say, that their main task is to prevent a direct clash, is all hypocrisy … Some kind of a game for distraction. I think in order to somehow whitewash the regimes that are members of NATO in the face of their voters, saying that they have nothing to do with it, that they are not participants, that they are simply helping the Kiev regime,” Zakharova told a briefing.
Media reports that UK diplomats are preparing to put pressure on Kiev to start talks with Moscow are an attempt to present London as a peacekeeper, Zakharova said.
"The UK authorities are trying to show their worth or simply act like peacekeepers with such leaks [of information to media]. But in order to let such an ideology exist, let alone triumph, one has to, first of all, speak openly about it, and, second of all, back up the words with deeds. For now, the opposite has been backed up by deeds," Zakharova told reporters.
4 December 2023, 02:10 GMT
On Monday, Daily Express reported that UK diplomats are preparing to force Kiev to negotiate with Moscow in the hope to end the conflict.