Det amerikanske utenriksdepartementet sier det ikke er registrert noen trussel mot etniske russere på Krim.
At a hearing on Capitol Hill, a top State Department official also blasted Russia’s version of events, which it used to justify its use of the military — just hours after the department issued a blistering fact sheet on the topic.
«There are no confirmed reports of threats to ethnic Russians,» Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Rubin continued, «No confirmed reports of a massive movement of ethnic Russian refugees, no threat to Russian naval bases. The interim Ukrainian government is a body that represents the will of the Ukrainian people. It is not an extremist cabal. Russia’s assertions are nothing more than veneer used to justify its military action.»