From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee, said in Moscow that [Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw] Sikorski’s statement about Russia threatening Polish security is “absolutely groundless and unacceptable.” He added that the Russian Foreign Ministry should respond to Sikorski’s statement.

Kosachev’s comment came after Russian media outlets quoted Sikorski as calling on the United States to deploy its troops in Poland ‘as a shield against Russian aggression.’

Interfax reported that Sikorski made the comment at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on November 4. But neither Polish media reports nor recorded statements by Sikorski include the quote.

Sikorski told Polish radio station RMF that his words were “distorted.” Sikorski only said that Central Europe needs ‘a strategic reassurance’ from Washington and NATO forces should be deployed in the region. (photo: AP)