The White House on Wednesday denied any involvement in an alleged drone attack on the Kremlin, with Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov accusing Washington of directing Ukraine to launch the attack.
“We had nothing to do with it,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said on MSNBC.
He said, “Peskov is lying there, pure and simple.”
Russia alleges that Ukraine carried out a “terrorist attack” overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday with two drones aimed at killing President Vladimir Putin, an allegation that Kiev denies.
Peskov, Putin’s longtime press secretary, said earlier on Wednesday that “decisions for such attacks are not made in Kiev, but in Washington.”
“Kiev only does what it is told to do,” he said.
The incident at the Kremlin comes amid several other recent explosions and derailments on Russian and occupied Ukrainian territory.
Kirby reiterated in his interview to MSNBC on Wednesday that Washington does not condone or support attacks by Ukraine outside its borders.
“We have been clear with them publicly and we have been clear with them privately that we do not encourage nor do we allow them to attack outside Ukraine,” he said.
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