News ID: 320110
Published: 0256 GMT February 16, 2022

Russia tells West to see doctor for ‘paranoia’ over Ukraine

Russia tells West to see doctor for ‘paranoia’ over Ukraine

China: U.S. exaggerating tension over Ukraine

Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations told Western leaders they should see a doctor for their “paranoia” over fears that Russian troops deployed near the border with Ukraine might invade.

“I think they need to have a good doctor, I recommend them to do it. Specialist on such paranoia cases,” said Dmitry Polyanskiy, denying that Russia intended to attack its neighbor.

“Our troops are on our territory, (they) represent (a) threat to no one,” he told reporters, AFP reported on Wednesday.

“I don’t know about the numbers, because there are a lot of speculations about it,” he said, when asked about the size of the Russian deployment, which Moscow has said is part of military exercises with its ally Belarus,” Polyanskiy said.


U.S. ‘playing up’ war threat

China accused the United States of “playing up the threat of warfare and creating tension”, as U.S. President Joe Biden said that more than 150,000 Russian troops were still massed near Ukraine’s borders following Moscow’s announcement of a partial pullback.

“Such persistent hyping up and disinformation by some Western countries will create turbulence and uncertainty to the world full of challenges, and intensify distress and division,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular briefing in Beijing on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

“We hope relevant parties will stop such disinformation campaigns and do more to benefit peace, mutual trust and cooperation.”

“The leadership of the two heads of state, China and Russia, always work to develop long-term good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperative relationship on the basis of non-alliance, non-confrontation and non-targeting of third countries,” spokesman Wang added.

The U.S. on Tuesday demanded that Moscow show proof of “de-escalation” after Russia said some of its forces had been withdrawn from the border.

Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday published a video showing a column of tanks and military vehicles leaving Crimea across a railway bridge after drills, adding that some troops will also return to their permanent bases.

“Combat equipment and military personnel will be delivered by military trains to the units’ permanent deployment points,” the ministry said.



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