Russian Embassy denies deploying troops to Ukraine

"The Russian President has not used the right to deploy forces abroad." Wait, what?

 

Kevin Collier

Tech

Published Mar 3, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 4:46 pm CDT

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.

The only real “red lines” belong to Vladimir Putin. And they are marching west. #Obama #Ukraine #weak #tcot

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

A few minutes later, the verified @RussianEmbassy reached out to her.

@LouiseMensch Please read https://t.co/ODvf7pw83w to have a fuller picture of the situation.

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 2, 2014

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:

. @RussianEmbassy Your Excellency might consider: https://t.co/wnaFUiM8W5 “decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus”

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

That’s when it started getting iffy.

@LouiseMensch #Russia remains open to cooperation with all partners in order to seek a political solution to the crisis in #Ukraine

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 2, 2014

.@RussianEmbassy Excellent. Withdraw your tanks, in accordance w/ Pres, Putin’s op-ed, and allow the people to vote #Ukraine

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

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

.@RussianEmbassy He has not? Am I to take it he considers the Crimea actually annexed? #Ukraine

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

@Jamie4Labour @LouiseMensch Russian Black Sea Fleet base is located in the Crimea.

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 2, 2014

.@RussianEmbassy @Jamie4Labour you assert your forces are confined solely to your base? You have not “used the right” to “deploy abroad”?

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

Mensch tried a different tactic: political threats from congressman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

. @RussianEmbassy Could you comment on @marcorubio‘s call for your expulsion from the G8 if you do not withdraw your tanks? #Ukraine

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 2, 2014

But the embassy wouldn’t go there, wrapping up the conversation.

@LouiseMensch @marcorubio The Russian Embassy in the UK only engages in conversation and debate with UK MPs!

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 2, 2014

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2014, 1:04 pm CST