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Moscow won’t invade Ukraine, unless provoked, says Russian envoy

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United Nations: Russia’s deputy UN ambassador said Thursday that Moscow will never invade Ukraine unless it is first provoked by its neighbor or someone else, then cited what he called many threats from Ukraine and provocative actions by US warships in the Black Sea.

Dmitry Polyansky was responding to a question about the buildup of troops along Russia’s frontier with Ukraine, which has led to stepped-up US pressure and an assurance Wednesday from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Ukrainian foreign minister that the American commitment to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity is “ironclad” and will not change.

Polyansky was asked if Russia planned to invade Ukraine.

“Never planned, never did, and never going to do it unless we’re provoked by Ukraine, or by somebody else” and Russia’s national sovereignty is threatened, he replied.

“There are a lot of threats coming from Ukraine,” Polyansky quickly added. “And don’t forget that the American warships around the Black Sea acting very close.”

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