Russia: Moscow protests not sign of ‘political crisis’ – Peskov

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Press Secretary for President of Russia Dmitri Peskov said that the Kremlin does not agree with those who consider the recent protests in Moscow as “a political crisis”, speaking with journalists during a conference call in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

Peskov said that the Kremlin considers “the disproportionate use of force by representatives of the authorities as absolutely unacceptable,” but added that the tough police response to the protests was “absolutely justified”.

Responding to a tweet by US President Donald Trump on the rocket engine explosion in Arkhangelsk region last week, Peskov said that Russian expertise on the sphere “substantively outstrips the level reached by other countries.”

The US president had earlier commented on Twitter that “The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology.”

The accident on August 8 claimed the lives of five Russian nuclear agency Rosatom scientists.

According to Russia’s Ministry of Defence, the accident occurred due to “liquid fuel missile engine” exploding during testing.

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