Russian military aircraft have not breached any state borders, including those of Ukraine, Russiaâ€™s Defense Ministry has said. Ukraineâ€™s acting defense minister has also retracted claims by Kiev that Russian jets â€œviolated Ukrainian airspace seven times.â€
â€œRussiaâ€™s means of objective airspace situation control did not record any violations of air boundaries of the states adjacent to Russia, including those of Ukraine,â€ Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Pentagon officials quoted by US media Friday claimed that â€œRussian fighter jets flew into Ukrainian airspace a handful of times over the last 24 hours,â€ calling it â€œa continued provocation.â€ The officials were not named.
â€œThe unfounded claims of Pentagon officials on the alleged â€˜breaching of airspace of Ukraine by Russian fighter jetsâ€™ appears to have been based on rumors and speculation,â€ a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
â€œThose media allegations are populist in nature, they contain no information on the time and place of the incident, as well as no data on altitude, speed and the direction of aircraft, as well as no other objective parameters,â€ the spokesman said.
The US sources must have â€œdreamed it all up,â€ or â€œa little bird told them that,â€ the spokesman added.
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First Published in RT, April 26th, 2014.