The Kremlin has criticized a Ukrainian official’s threat to target Russian President Vladimir Putin, and insisted that the Russian leader is always safe.
“Believe me, our security services know well what they do and what they are doing,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a question about how Russia has increased security for President Putin. against threats.
The comments came after Deputy Head of the General Department of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine (GUR) Vadim Skibitsky told the newspaper. Die Welt of Germany on May 24 that President Putin was one of the agency’s targets.
Mr. Skibitsky said that President Putin also probably noticed that they were getting closer and closer. However, the Ukrainian intelligence official also admitted that so far Ukrainian agents have not been able to reach the Russian leader. Skibitsky said that, in addition to Putin, Kiev is also targeting other senior Russian leaders.
The Kremlin spokesman said that Skibitsky’s comments showed that Russia’s military operation had become “reasonable, necessary and must achieve all its goals”.
Earlier this month, Russia accused Ukraine of being behind the attack by two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the Kremlin to assassinate President Putin. Kiev has denied.
New York Times On May 24, citing unnamed US officials, the country’s intelligence agencies suspected that the Kremlin raid was carried out by a Ukrainian intelligence unit or special forces. However, US intelligence has not been able to identify specifically which Ukrainian unit is behind the incident. They also said that the possibility that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and senior officials in the Kiev government knew about this raid in advance is very low.
Reacting to this information, Kremlin spokesman Peskov said: “In the end, it makes no difference which Ukrainian unit carried out the drone raid on the Kremlin. We know that the Kiev authorities are behind it. We know that, and are doing our job based on it.”
Meanwhile, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, insisted that Kiev was not involved in that senseless attack.
On the US side, the administration of President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasized that Washington does not support Ukraine’s attack on Russian territory because this will lead to an unpredictable escalation of the conflict.
“Once again, we’ve made it clear to Ukraine that we neither encourage nor support Ukraine’s attacks on Russian territory. We certainly don’t want any US-made equipment used to attack Russia. attack on Russian territory,” said US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
He added: “We have received a commitment from Ukraine that they will respect that position. We just want them to be able to defend their territorial sovereignty, not want conflicts beyond Ukraine’s borders.” .
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