Russia’s alleged fears that Ukraine will use a “dirty bomb” are patently false, National Security Council spokeswoman Adriana Watson told CNN.
“We reject reports of Minister Shoigu’s patently false claims that Ukraine is preparing to use a ‘dirty bomb’ on its own territory. The world will look at any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” Watson said. In addition, the US is watching very closely for any information that Russia has a specific plan to blow up the dam wall of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric plant.
As reported by UNIAN, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu previously stated that Ukraine could organize provocations with the use of a “dirty bomb”.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said Shoigu had set up a “phone carousel” by calling NATO defense ministers. According to Zelensky, only Putin can use nuclear weapons in Europe.
Today, Shoigu requested a telephone conversation with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Details of that conversation were not released.
Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov, commenting on the Russian accusations, issued an invitation to the UN and the IAEA for monitoring missions in Ukraine and demanded compliance with point 4 of the Budapest memorandum.