Russian spy chief says plan to invade Ukraine is “malicious” US propaganda

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MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (Reuters) – Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine and suggestions to the contrary are malicious US propaganda, Moscow’s foreign intelligence chief said on Saturday.

US, NATO and Ukrainian officials have sounded the alarm bells in recent weeks about unusual Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine, suggesting that Moscow may be on the verge of launching an attack.

Russia has repeatedly stated that it is free to move troops within its own territory and that such movements should not be a cause for concern.

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“I have to reassure everyone. Nothing like this will happen,” Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Agency, said in an interview broadcast on state television, referring to comments on plans to alleged invasion of Russia.

“Everything that’s going on around this topic right now is of course malicious propaganda from the US State Department.”

Naryshkin spoke a day after the top US State Department diplomat for European affairs said all options were on the table on how to respond to the build-up of Russian troops near the border Ukraine and that NATO would decide the next decision after the consultations next week. Read more

As US officials raised concerns about a possible Russian attack on Ukraine, Moscow accused Washington, Kiev and NATO of provocative and irresponsible behavior near its borders.

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Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Nick Macfie

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