The Deputy Russian Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy trolled Sky News host Trevor Phillips with a series of tongue-in-cheek responses this morning. He mocked claims that a Russian invasion into Ukraine was “imminent,” suggesting that the new invasion date was set for 30th February. Mr Polyanskiy also ridiculed suggestions of 190,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine by blaming this estimate on US price inflation.
Mr Phillips asked the deputy ambassador: “You have previously called claims of imminent invasion nonsense, baseless and paranoid. Do you still think that?”
Mr Polyanskiy responded: “Absolutely. Recently we have determined the exact date of our invasion.
“It is the 30th of February, I think you can mark this date in your calendar if you can find it.”
He then laughed off assessments from US and British intelligence on an invasion, pointing out the mistakes leading to the Iraq War.
Mr Phillips followed up: “Well if that is true, what is the point of 150,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, what are they doing there?”
The Russian diplomat fired back: “Who counted them? Where do you take this figure?
“It was once 100,000, then 120,000 and now it’s 150,000. Some people say 190,000
“I admit inflation is very high here in New York, we see it in the price rises.”
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