Kiev Free to Decide? White House Claims US 'Has Not Encouraged Ukraine' to Strike Russia
14:49 GMT 07.12.2022 (Updated: 14:57 GMT 07.12.2022)
© AP Photo / Manuel Balce CenetaPentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, April 16, 2021.
© AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has not encouraged Ukraine to conduct strikes on Russian soil, but doing so is Kiev’s decision, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said on Wednesday.
"It is their decision to make. We have not encouraged them to do that. We have been very clear about our concerns over escalation here," Kirby told reporters.
Previously, reports suggested that Kiev was behind the recent drone attacks on airfields in the Russian regions of Kursk, Ryazan and Saratov, citing a high-ranking Ukrainian official.
Since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Washington adopted several sanction packages against Moscow and allocated billions in military aid for Kiev.