“No one would be fooled” in the event of a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine (Paris, London and Washington)

“No one would be fooled” in case of “dirty bomb” in Ukraine (Paris , London and Washington)

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“No one would be fooled” if Moscow escalated the conflict in Ukraine on the pretext of Kyiv's use of a “dirty bomb” mentioned by the Russian government, Paris, London and Washington.  

In a joint statement, the three foreign ministers “reject Russia's obviously false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory. No one would be fooled by an attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation.”

In telephone conversations with several of his counterparts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke Sunday with his American, French, British and Turkish counterparts of the conflict in Ukraine. 

During these exchanges of unprecedented intensity in a single day for Mr Shoigu since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24, he told most of his interlocutors of “his concerns related to possible provocations on the part of Ukraine with the use of a “dirty bomb”, according to his ministry. Russia to be ready to detonate a “dirty bomb” itself to justify a military escalation, for example by employing a tactical nuclear weapon in retaliation.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has also “spoke to Ukraine's foreign minister overnight about Russia's patently false allegations,” she tweeted.

“We remain committed to continuing our support for the efforts of the Ukraine to defend its territory for as long as necessary,” added é the three capitals in their joint declaration.