On Thursday, Russia claimed that the United States was responsible for a drone strike on the Kremlin citadel in Moscow that was meant to kill President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin administration turned its attention to the United States without giving any supporting information a day after accusing Ukraine of carrying out what it described as a terrorist attack. The accusation was swiftly denied by the White House.
Ukraine has also denied any involvement in the early-morning Wednesday incident, when video showed two flying objects approaching the Senate Palace inside the Kremlin gates and one of them exploding with a blinding flare.
"Attempts to deny this are obviously completely absurd, both in Kyiv and in Washington. We are fully aware that such choices are taken in Washington, not Kiev, about such acts and terrorist assaults, according to Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president.
Without providing any further justification, he asserted that the United States was "undoubtedly" responsible for the incident and added that Washington frequently chose the targets and means of assault for Ukraine.
"This is also frequently ordered from outside... They need to know in Washington that we are aware of this, Peskov added.
The assertions made by Russia are untrue, and according to John Kirby, the national security spokesman for the White House, Washington neither encourages nor permits Ukraine to launch attacks outside of its boundaries.
Russia has expressed its belief that the United States is directly involved in the conflict and is seeking to hand Moscow a "strategic defeat" more frequently lately. The United States disputes that and asserts that it is equipping Ukraine in order to protect itself and reclaim land that Moscow has unlawfully taken over during the more than 14 months of fighting.
Putin was not in the Kremlin at the time, and security experts have scoffed at the notion of an assassination attempt.
Russia has stated it reserves the right to retaliate, and hardliners have suggested it should now "physically eliminate" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Peskov declined to comment on whether Moscow considered Zelenskiy a legitimate target.
Russia has a variety of alternatives, and a quick investigation is ongoing.
Putin is in the Kremlin, and business as usual is being conducted. The incident occurred less than a week before Victory Day celebrations in Russia on May 9, which commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two.
Peskov promised that air defenses would be bolstered, but this was already taking place in preparation for the military parade on Red Square, the holiday's centerpiece.
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