Russia has claimed the United States attempted to assassinate President Vladimir Putin with the alleged drone strike on the Kremlin earlier this week.
The Daily Fetched reported on Wednesday that Russia initially claimed it was Ukraine that was behind the targeted attack.
However, according to new reports, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed Washington had masterminded the incident.
“We are well aware that decisions on such a level of terrorist attacks are made not in Kyiv, but in Washington,” he said in his daily briefing with reporters. “Kyiv only does what it is told to do.”
The U.S. rejected the accusations.
Peskov said Russia is investigating the incident, adding that Moscow’s response would involve “thoughtful, balanced and appropriate steps in the interests of our country,” but did not specify what that might be.
Not long after the drone strike, President Volodymyr Zelesnky’s chief of staff posted “fire emojis” to his personal Telegram channel but later deleted them.
While the alleged attack’s details are unclear, Russia said there were no casualties or “material damage.”
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby dismissed Peskov’s claim.
“I can assure you there was no involvement by the United States. Whatever it was didn’t involve us,” he said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” early Thursday. “We had nothing to do with this, so Peskov is just lying there, pure and simple.”
He further noted that the U.S. did not “encourage or enable” Ukraine to strike Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also denied the drone strike saying, “We are not attacking Putin or Moscow amid accusations his country was trying to assassinate Putin.
“We are fighting on our own territory, defending our villages and cities,” he added. “We do not have enough weapons even for this. That is why we do not use them elsewhere. We have a deficit. We cannot use everything and everywhere.”
The news comes after reports that a specialized U.S. Navy diving team carried out the bombing attack against the underwater Nord Stream pipelines.
According to a Daily Mail report from February, divers planted C4 explosives on three Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022, which were detonated three months later using a sonar buoy that broadcast a signal that triggered the bombs.
As The Daily Fetched reported earlier this year, prior to the pipeline attack, multiple videos of politicians vowing to “end” Nord Stream 2 surfaced on social media.
Joe Biden himself also vowed to “end” Nord Stream.
Fox News Tucker Carlson even asked, “Did the Biden administration really do this?”