Russia speaks of the start of a “de facto economic war” by the US

File - Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov.

File – Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov. – Ralf Hirschberger/dpa-Zentralbil – Archive

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Peskov questions the UN data on the number of civilian victims in Ukraine


Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov accused the US government on Wednesday of launching a “de facto economic war” against the country as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This is how he referred to the words of the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, who pointed out that Washington’s objective is to achieve the “strategic defeat of (Vladimir) Putin”.

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“The United States, of course, has declared an economic war against Russia. De facto it is like that,” he said in statements collected by the TASS news agency. Asked about the possibility of Russia winning the war, Peskov has indicated that Moscow must do “what is best for its own interests.”

In relation to the situation of the energy markets, he has stated that “it is developing in a turbulent way”, although it is unknown where the situation will lead. “Russia will analyze the situation now that the United States has decided to veto the import of gas and oil and will act in its own interest,” she stressed.

“In fact, the situation deserves a deep analysis,” he clarified before pointing out that “Russian interests will be protected and everything possible will be done to achieve this end.” “Russia will continue to be a guarantor of energy security and its values,” she clarified before lamenting that the hostile acts of the West “make this situation complicated.”

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On the other hand, it has questioned the UN data on the number of civilian victims caused by the hostilities in Ukraine, which according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) amounts to 1,335.

“It’s very difficult to get a complete picture of potential casualties now that the special operation is running its course and many cities are on lockdown, with all these nationalist battalions preventing civilians from leaving,” he said.

Regarding the negotiations, he defended that Russia is interested in holding new rounds of talks as soon as possible and stressed that the Russian position “is very clear”. “We are interested in holding new rounds as soon as the Ukrainian negotiators are ready to do so,” she said.

The Kremlin has taken advantage of the occasion to warn against the use by the Ukrainian Army of air bases of third countries. Peskov has called this “undesirable and potentially dangerous”.

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