Allegations that Russian combat troops are present in Ukraine are a lie, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has said.
"Under no circumstances will we agree with these frequent lies that Russian forces are supposedly being deployed on the territory of the southeast of Ukraine," he told reporters after a meeting with Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe President Anne Brasseur and members of the PACE Presidential Committee.
"I agree with Madam Brasseur that we can have different points of view on certain events and facts. The discussion is under way. It is absolutely normal. But what we disagree with is the possibility of using lies in our discussions," Naryshkin said.
Naryshkin also called on the PACE leadership "not to forget that people who are suffering in the southeast of Ukraine today need humanitarian aid."
"So far, this aid has been provided only by Russia as a state, Russian public organizations and political parties. Regrettably, most other European states have chosen to keep silent and turn a blind eye to this situation," he said.
Brasseur, for her part, countered that PACE had never turned a blind eye to the continuing catastrophe in Ukraine.
PACE also wants to bear a certain responsibility for this and it has been working to find a solution to the Ukrainian crisis because violence is not a solution, but can only damage human rights, she said. The goal of PACE, as an international institution, is to defend human rights, she added.
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