Russian accounts of Moscow attack a ‘smokescreen’ says, UK finance minister

Mar24,2024



New Delhi: British Finance Minister jeremy hunt Said the UK had “very little confidence” RussiaStatement on the recent Moscow concert hall attack, accusing him of attempting to “defend” his attack ukraine,
On Friday, 133 people were killed in the attack on the Crocus City Hall in a suburb on the northern edge of Moscow. Islamic State The group is claiming responsibility for this.
While Russian authorities have so far blamed the group and not the president Vladimir Putin said the attackers “were stopped while traveling towards Ukraine, where, according to preliminary information, they had a window to cross the border”.
Russia's FSB security service said the attackers were “in contact” with individuals in Ukraine while trying to flee the country.
Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, told Sky News that “I take what the Russian government says very seriously… after what we have seen from them over the last few years.
“We know they are using propaganda cover to defend their completely evil invasion of Ukraine.
He added, “But that doesn't mean it's not a tragedy when innocent lives are lost, when you have terrible bombings.”
Hunt also warned Britain and other European countries to be “extremely” concerned about the re-emergence of IS on the global stage.
He said, “We are very fortunate in this country to have incredibly effective intelligence agencies that have been successful in thwarting many terrorist threats in recent years, but we have to remain vigilant.”
“If it is Islamic State, they are completely indiscriminate in what they do, they are prepared to kill in the most horrific way possible,” he said.
(with inputs from agencies)



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