Russia has urged the UK to cease spreading false stories Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 © AP / Alexei Nikolsky; Sputnik; Kremlin Pool Photo

The Russian Foreign Ministry has dismissed a claim by the UK government that Moscow is plotting to install a puppet government in Kiev, calling on London’s Foreign Office to stop spreading “nonsense” and “disinformation.”

The UK government sent a press release to media outlets on Saturday titled “Kremlin plan to install pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine exposed.” As previously reported by RT, it accused Moscow of seeking to install a more friendly government in Kiev as part of a supposed plan to “invade and occupy Ukraine.”

British media outlets, including the BBC and the Financial Times, dutifully published the allegations in the middle of the night, adhering to the advised embargo. Only a handful of news outlets expressed some skepticism over the claims. The Guardian acknowledged some “confusion” as the claim “comes with scant detail,” while the AP conceded it was “unclear what means Britain believes Russia might use.”