A National Security Council spokesman in the White House said Sunday that Moscow’s statements accusing Ukraine of preparing to use a “dirty bomb” against Russian forces were “clearly wrong.”
In a statement, he said the United States rejected the “allegations clearly false of (Russian Defense Minister Sergei) Shoigu that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its territory “.
He also warned that “the world would not be stupid if one tried to use this statement as a pretext for escalation.”
“Notice of an excuse for escalation”
In this context, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced today Sunday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, rejected any “pretext” for an escalation in Ukraine.
The Pentagon added in a statement that Austin reiterated the importance of continuing contacts in light of the continuing Russian military operation in Ukraine.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the Russian accusations, saying: “If Russia says Ukraine is preparing for something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all of this. I think the world should respond. as hard as possible “.
These statements came after the Russian defense minister’s telephone conversations with his British, French and Turkish counterparts on Sunday, during which Shoigu expressed his “concern about Ukraine’s possible provocations using a (dirty bomb)”.
Interestingly, since the launch of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory on February 24, fears have increased that the conflict will expand and transform. in dangerous turns, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at the possibility of using an atomic bomb in a televised speech on 21 September.
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