By Nandita Bose and Alexandra Alper
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Russia’s false accusations that Kyiv has organic and chemical weapons illustrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is contemplating utilizing them himself in his warfare in opposition to Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden stated on Monday, with out citing proof.
Putin’s “again is in opposition to the wall and now he is speaking about new false flags he is establishing together with, asserting that we in America have organic in addition to chemical weapons in Europe, merely not true,” Biden stated at a Enterprise Roundtable occasion.
“They’re additionally suggesting that Ukraine has organic and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That is a transparent signal he is contemplating utilizing each of these.”
The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The remarks echoed prior feedback by officers in Washington and allied nations, who’ve accused Russia of spreading an unproven declare that Ukraine had a organic weapons program as a potential prelude to doubtlessly launching its personal organic or chemical assaults.
Russia’s protection ministry has accused Kyiv, with out offering proof, of planning a chemical assault in opposition to its personal individuals as a way to accuse Moscow of utilizing chemical weapons within the invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb. 24.
Earlier this month, U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Safety Council, warning him of penalties for “any potential Russian determination to make use of chemical or organic weapons in Ukraine.” The White Home didn’t specify what these penalties can be.
Biden additionally stated Russia used a hypersonic missile to destroy a weapons depot on Saturday “as a result of it’s the one factor they’ll get by means of with absolute certainty.”
An administration official clarified Monday night that Biden was confirming Russia’s use of such a sophisticated missile, however famous that the influence of the assault was unknown. One senior U.S. protection official had earlier raised questions concerning the legitimacy of the Russian account. [L2N2VO18C]
Russia’s invasion, which it calls a “particular navy operation” to disarm Ukraine, has largely stalled, failing to seize any main metropolis, however inflicting huge destruction to residential areas.
Ukraine stated on Monday it will not obey ultimatums from Russia after Moscow demanded it cease defending besieged Mariupol, the place lots of of hundreds of civilians are struggling by means of Russian bombardments.
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