LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s overseas spy chief accused the USA and Poland on Thursday of plotting to achieve a sphere of affect in Ukraine, the strongest sign from Moscow that the warfare might finish with pressured partition of Ukraine between the West and Russia.
Sergei Naryshkin, the chief of Russia’s International Intelligence Service (SVR), cited unpublished intelligence which he stated confirmed that the USA and Poland, NATO allies, had been plotting to revive Polish management over a part of western Ukraine.
“In keeping with the intelligence acquired by Russia’s International Intelligence Service, Washington and Warsaw are engaged on plans to determine Poland’s tight army and political management over its historic possessions in Ukraine,” Naryshkin stated in a uncommon assertion launched by the SVR.
Poland has dominated some territories that are actually a part of Ukraine at completely different instances up to now, most not too long ago between the 2 world wars. Western Ukraine, together with the town of Lviv, had been absorbed into the Soviet Union on the finish of World Conflict Two.
The SVR stated the USA was discussing with Poland a plan underneath which Polish “peacekeeping” forces with no NATO mandate would enter components of western Ukraine the place the possibility of a confrontation with Russian forces was low.
The SVR, which after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union took on many of the Soviet-era KGB’s overseas spying obligations, didn’t publish its proof and Reuters was unable to confirm it.
The Polish overseas ministry was not instantly accessible to touch upon Naryshkin’s feedback on Thursday.
Poland is one among Ukraine’s strongest supporters in its resistance to Russia’s invasion, sending weapons throughout the border and taking in round three million Ukrainian refugees.
A senior Russian lawmaker, Senator Andrei Klimov, deputy chair of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee, additionally stated on Thursday Poland was planning to determine management over a part of Ukraine. He gave no proof for the declare.
One in every of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies stated this week that Ukraine was spiralling in the direction of a collapse into a number of states due to what he solid as a U.S. try to make use of Kyiv to undermine Russia.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “particular operation” to disarm Ukraine and shield it from fascists. Ukraine and the West says this a false pretext for an unprovoked warfare of aggression by President Vladimir Putin.