April 11, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
Russia never prepared a military incursion into Ukraine, informed the deputies of the National Assembly the head of French intelligence, General Christophe Gaumard, reported news portal Sputnik.
“We had indeed established that the Russians did not set up any command points, no rear infrastructure, including field hospitals, which are necessary for a military intervention, meanwhile the divisions of the second echelon never left their location,” – said the General.
The General has accused the U.S. of stirring tensions in the region. According to him, using their chief position in NATO, the U.S. intelligence provided false information about the invasion of Russian military forces in Ukraine.
“NATO, under the pressure from U.S. officials, disregarded the opinion of the French Directorate of Intelligence, which did not confirm these assumptions,,” – said Christophe Gaumard.
The commander of Allied armed forces of NATO in Europe, Philip Breedlove, repeatedly talked about the build-up of Russian military presence on the border with Ukraine. Kiev authorities, for their part, proclaimed that there was not less than seven thousand Russian troops in Donbass. This thesis was readily picked up in Washington. However, no evidence of this claim was ever presented.
The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that there were no grounds for accusations of Moscow of complicating the situation in the South-East of the republic.