The United States is behind the Ukrainian attack on the Kremlin residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov said. A Kremlin spokesman said “that attempts to deny it, both in Kiev and in Washington, are absolutely ridiculous.”
– We are perfectly aware that decisions on such acts and terrorist attacks are made not in Kyiv, but in Washington. And Kiev is already doing what it was told, ” said the Kremlin secretary, quoted by the pro-government news agency RIA Novosti.
Peskov said that Kiev “is not always given the right to choose the means. This is also often dictated from abroad.” The Kremlin spokesman noted that “Moscow is well aware of such a balance of power and decision-making mechanism . “
A Kremlin spokesman indicated that various scenarios of response to the alleged attack were being considered, but declined to provide details.
” We do not know who was behind the attack on the Kremlin, and Russia’s claims must be approached with great caution, ” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. At the same time, he added that it was up to Ukraine to choose how to defend itself against the invasion and regain its territory.
Let us remind you that the press secretary of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky denied that the government in Kiev had any connection with the attack on the Kremlin. As he claims, “Ukraine uses all means to free its territories, and not to attack others . “
In turn, experts from the US Institute for the Study of War reported that Moscow probably staged the attack itself, in order to bring the war home and its own society, and to create conditions for wider social mobilization.
According to the ISW, there are several reasons for the Russian staging. “Russian authorities have recently bolstered air defenses, including in Moscow, so it is highly unlikely that two drones could penetrate several air defense zones and detonate or be shot down right above the Kremlin itself in such a way as to be spectacularly captured on video.” by an American think tank.
Given that the Russians recently placed Pancyr anti-aircraft systems near Moscow, a strike that would “penetrate” such air defenses and attack the Kremlin’s Senate Palace would be “serious embarrassment” for the authorities, according to ISW .