The head of Russian diplomacy warned the United States on Tuesday against ordering a so-called “decapitation strike” targeting President Vladimir Putin.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke about the alleged assassination plan in an extensive interview with the new state agency Tass.
“Some ‘anonymous Pentagon officials’ basically threatened to carry out a ‘decapitation strike’ against the Kremlin,” he said. “Basically, we are talking about a threat of physical elimination of the head of the Russian government.
Lavrov cautioned: “If such ideas are, in fact, considered by someone, that someone should think very carefully about the possible consequences of such plans.”
Lavrov’s comments refer to a Pentagon officer speaking on condition of anonymity who told PKBNEWS in September that the Defense Ministry was planning to assassinate Putin in the heart of the Kremlin in response to a possible nuclear strike by the Russia.
At the time, the Russian Embassy in Washington DC called the Pentagon official’s statement “delusional” and “reckless.”
In his interview with Tass, Lavrov also accused the United States and its NATO allies, which have sent tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine since the war began, of seeking to defeat Russia on the battlefield as a means of “significantly weakening or even destroying” the country.
“The actions of the countries of the collective West and (of Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky under their control confirm the global nature of the Ukrainian crisis,” Lavrov said.
Putin’s warmongering buddy reiterated that Russia and the United States cannot maintain normal relations, blaming President Biden’s administration.
“It is objectively impossible to maintain normal communication with the Biden administration, which declares as its goal to inflict a strategic defeat on our country,” Lavrov said.
Putin has repeatedly raised the idea of peace talks in recent days, but his top diplomat has made it clear that Moscow has several preconditions, including that Ukraine recognize Russia’s conquest of around a fifth of his territory.
“Our proposals for the demilitarization and denazification of regime-controlled territories, the elimination of security threats to Russia emanating from there, including our new lands…are well known to the enemy,” he said. Tas quoting Lavrov. “All that remains is: complete them for your own good, or the matter will be decided. The point is simple: [Fulfill] them for your own good. Otherwise, the Russian military will decide the matter.
When asked how long the conflict in Ukraine would last, already in its eleventh month, Lavrov replied that it was entirely up to Kyiv and its Western allies.
“The ball is on the side of the (Ukrainian) regime and its supporters in Washington,” Lavrov said. “They could stop their useless resistance at any time.”