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statements that the United States provides Ukraine with intelligence on targets located on the territory of the Russian Federation are nonsense

The Pentagon said on Thursday that the United States was not providing Ukraine with intelligence on targets on Russian soil, calling such Russian claims “nonsense.”

Recall that Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that Moscow was suspending its participation in the START treaty, accusing the West of being directly involved in attempted strikes against its strategic air bases. Earlier this week, a drone crashed near a gas compressor station 110 kilometers (68 miles) southeast of Moscow.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that Moscow was forced to suspend its participation in the New START nuclear arms control treaty because Washington was using it to help Ukraine attack strategic targets. Russians.

“I have no information as to whether the Ukrainians conducted such operations or not, you can ask them that question,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder told reporters. “I can say with certainty that the idea that the United States provides Ukrainians with intelligence or information to strike targets in Russia is nonsense. We are not at war with Russia and do not seek war with her.

Meanwhile, National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said the United States would announce a new military aid program for Ukraine on Friday.

Continued military assistance to Ukraine will be a topic of discussion between President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz when the two leaders meet at the White House on Friday, Kirby added.

Recall also that earlier Thursday, Putin had claimed that Russia had been the subject of a “terrorist attack” in the region of Bryansk, bordering Ukraine. Russian media and telegram channels reported clashes in the villages of Lyubechane and Sushany, where sabotage and reconnaissance groups allegedly entered from Ukrainian territory (DRG).

Advisor to the Ukrainian President’s Office Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter that “the story of Ukrainian DRGs in the Russian Federation is a ‘classic provocation'”.

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