Russian Embassy denies deploying troops to Ukraine
As terrifying as the situation in Ukraine is—government assaulting protesters, protesters overthrowing their government—at least it seemed we could agree that Russia had moved troops into the country.
But when Louise Mensch, a former member of the U.K. Parliament, began tweeting about what might happen next, she got a strikingly candid look at the country's mentality from the Russian embassy. You see, despite Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's insistence that Russian troops had moved into the semi-autonomous region of Crimea "until the normalisation of the political situation," the country is presenting the troop movement as simply protecting ethnic minorities around its Crimean military bases.
The conversation started with Mench tweeting into the ether.
A few minutes later, the verified @RussianEmbassy reached out to her.
Mench noted that Putin's arugments for being able to move into Crimea were much like the ones he used to dissuade the U.S. from military intervention in Syria:
That's when it started getting iffy.
The embassy doubled down.
@LouiseMensch The Russian President has not used the right to deploy forces abroad. We hope for a political settement.— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 2, 2014
Mensch tried a different tactic: political threats from congressman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
But the embassy wouldn't go there, wrapping up the conversation.
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