Claims by Moscow, which has accused Ukraine of preparing to use a “dirty bomb” against Russian forces, are “clearly fake“, said the representative of the National Security Council of the White House.
«People would not be misled to try to use this claim as a pretext for escalation,” warns Adrienne Watson in a statement.
At the same time, the Pentagon announced that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu during their phone call earlier that “rejects any pretense of Russian escalation» in Ukraine.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace took the lead, also rejecting the same allegations made by his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, in their own phone call.
«The Defense Minister rejected these allegations and drew attention to the fact that they should not be used as a pretext for further escalation“, is stated in a statement by the British Ministry of Defence.
«Only Russia is capable of using nuclear weapons in Europe»
Only Russia is capable of using nuclear weapons in Europe, he said late Sunday President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky rejecting the Russian Defense Minister’s claim of a Ukrainian plan to use a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine.
«If someone can use nuclear weapons in this part of Europe – only one source can be – and this source is the one who ordered Comrade Shoigu to call here and thereVolodymyr Zelensky declared in his evening speech.
The Ukrainian president said that Sergei Shoigu’s “carousel phone call” cleared things up. “…Everyone understands very well. They understand who is the source of all the dirty things imaginable in this war».
«If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is up to something, that means only one thing: Russia has set it all up. I believe that now the world must react as hard as possible“, the Ukrainian president said on social media.
If Russia has prepared “a new phase in the escalation, it must see now, proactively and before one of its new “dirts” that the world will not accept it».
Volodymyr Zelensky believes that the Russian threat to use nuclear weapons «and even more against our country that renounced its nuclear arsenal is a reason for so much sanctionsas well as for greater support for Ukraine».
Earlier the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had warned via Twitter that Russian ‘dirty bomb’ claims are “absurd” and “dangerous».
«Russian lies about Ukraine supposedly planning to use a “dirty bomb” are both absurd and dangerous. First, Ukraine is a faithful member of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: we neither have “dirty bombs” nor plan to acquire them. Secondly, Russians often blame others for something they themselves plan”Dmytro Kuleba wrote in his post.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a barrage of phone calls to Washington, Paris, London and Ankara shared with his interlocutors “his concerns related to potential provocations by Ukraine with the use of a “dirty bomb”“, according to a statement from his office.