The United States on Monday strongly rejected Russia’s accusations of involvement by Ukraine and the West in an attack against an airport in Dagestan, which the White House likened to a “massacre.”
“The events that took place last night (…) were instigated by agents of Western special services through social networks, especially from Ukraine,” Vladimir Putin announced at a government meeting dedicated to the event.
Asked about it, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby quipped, “How beautiful…” “Classic Russian rhetoric, if something goes wrong in your country, you blame someone else,” he slammed: “The West has nothing to do with it.”
“We call on the Russian authorities to publicly condemn these violent demonstrations and ensure the safety of Israelis and Jews in Russia,” he continued.
Crowds of men stormed the tarmac and airport terminal of the capital of the Muslim-majority Russian Caucasian republic of Dagestan on Sunday evening, amid tensions linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
A flight from Tel Aviv of the Russian company Red Wings landed in Magachala on Sunday at 7:00 pm local time (5 pm in Belgium), according to the specialized website Flightradar24.
“Some will compare it to the pogroms of the late 21st and early 20th centuries, which I think is an apt description, given the video that’s going viral,” commented John Kirby, referring to the often deadly attacks against Jews during this time. In History in the Russian Empire.
“This is pure and simple hate, bigotry and intimidation,” he added.