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The Kremlin condemns the West's direct involvement in Ukraine

The The Kremlin today condemned the West's direct involvement in Ukraine after it was published on Russian social media of alleged talks between German officers about arms deliveries to Ukraine.

These talks, the authenticity of which has been confirmed by Berlin, show once again the direct involvement of the collective West in the conflict in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today.

The recording itself testifies that within the Bundeswehr (including the German armed forces) specific plans to launch strikes on Russian soil are being thoroughly discussed, added the Kremlin representative, stressing that everything is more than obvious.

Peskov noted that it was unclear whether Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, were acting on their own initiative or if this was part of state policy.

Russian media last week released a recording of a phone conversation between what it said were high-ranking German officers in which they were heard discussing arms supplies to Ukraine and a possible Kiev strike on a bridge in Crimea, resulting in Russian officials to ask for explanations.

The Russian news agency TASS reported citing an unnamed source that the ambassador of Germany in Russia was summoned today to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry this morning without commenting to reporters, according to Russian news agencies.

Already on Saturday, Berlin confirmed that this recording is authentic and that it was “stolen” and stated that it is investigating the matter, while in his first reaction yesterday, Sunday, after the publication in Russia of the recorded conversation, the Minister of Defense of Germany, Boris Pistorius accused Russia of waging “information warfare” aimed at dividing and “destabilizing” his country.

In this conversation, the participants discuss in particular the case of delivery of long-range German-made Taurus missiles to Kiev, as well as what it would take to allow Ukrainian forces to use them and their potential impact.

Their content embarrasses Germany as Berlin formally refuses to hand over Taurus missiles to Kiev, citing the risk of escalating the conflict.

Source: News Beast

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