Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that a strike by Moscow on Ukraine made ‘no sense’, during his address to the final plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow region on Thursday.
“We don’t need to do this, it makes no sense for us, neither politically nor militarily. No, they (Ukraine) are doing it. And it was me who instructed Shoigu to call all his colleagues and inform them about this. We cannot pass over such things,” he stated.
On Sunday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with his counterparts in France, Turkey, the UK and the USA, alleging “possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb'”.
In response, Washington, London and Paris released a joint document, through the US State Department, rejecting the accusations.
“Our countries made clear that we all reject Russia’s transparently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory,” it reads.
“The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation. We further reject any pretext for escalation by Russia,” the statement continued. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also rejected the Russian claims, saying that only Moscow was capable of using nuclear weapons in Europe.
“When today the Russian Minister of Defence organises a telephone carousel and calls foreign ministers with stories about the so-called ‘dirty’ nuclear bomb, everyone understands everything well. Understands who is the source of everything dirty that can be imagined in this war,” he responded.
Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Kiev denounced the Russian action, and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.