LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian “disinformation” about its war on Ukraine must be exposed, including Russia’s “war crimes,” a U.S. State Department official said during a briefing. visit to Cyprus on Wednesday.
Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said Russian “lies” have evolved to the point of blaming Ukrainians for the actions of Russian forces, including “the war crimes we see on the ground”.
“So we all have an interest in exposing Russian disinformation, in ensuring that our citizens have the truth and that Russian citizens also (have the truth) … despite the iron curtain that Putin has put up on this subject. “said Nuland.
Nuland was in Cyprus as part of a five-country tour aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and rallying support for Ukraine.
When asked if the United States had asked Cyprus to transfer its Russian-made weapons, including batteries and short-range anti-aircraft tanks, to Ukraine, Nuland said Washington was in contact. with other countries to support Ukraine “in any way possible”.
“It is not for the United States to ask Cyprus. It’s up to Cyprus to make its own decisions about what it wants and can do,” she said.
Cypriot officials have said no weapons will be transferred to Ukraine without securing replacements, to avoid weakening the defenses of the war-torn island nation.