Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has described reports in British media alleging that Moscow is threatening to use its nuclear forces if attempts are made to return Crimea to Ukraine or if NATO steps up its presence in the Baltic States as "a classic example of Russia's demonization."
"This is a classic example of the ongoing hysteria to demonize our country. In fact, they blow the situation out of proportion in informational terms themselves, and they are doing this not based on any particular information, and then they themselves fear what they have written," Peskov told journalists on Thursday.
"These reports can't be taken seriously," he said.
Russia has never threatened to use nuclear forces over the events in Crimea, and those who allege this have apparently failed to familiarize themselves with Putin's remarks in the recent film titled 'Crimea. Returning Home', Peskov said.
"Of course not [Russia has not threatened this]. In fact, the president also said about this, if you remember that much talked-of film, which people are interpreting in every possible way but don't bother to revisit this or that scene or read the transcript," Peskov told journalists on Thursday.
"There is nothing even to interpret there," Peskov said. "One only has to refer to the primary source, namely, the president's words," he said.
The Times and The Independent reported on Thursday with reference to "notes of a secret meeting between intelligence figures from Moscow and Washington" that Moscow is using the threat of "a nuclear showdown over the Baltic states to force NATO to back away from Russia's border."
The media also claimed that Moscow has threatened to use its nuclear forces in case of attempts to return Crimea to Ukraine or supply weapons from NATO countries to Kiev.
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