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    Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov made the accusation today (Picture: REX)

    Russia has formally accused the US of being behind the alleged assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin.

    Dmitry Peskov, the president’s spokesperson, addressed the ‘drone attack’ on the Kremlin, which is the centre of Russian power and the most protected place in the entire of Moscow.

    He made the allegation in a briefing to state media, saying Washington should be aware that the government knew it was selecting the targets, while Ukraine was just implementing US plans.

    But Peskov gave no evidence to support the claim of any US involvement.

    FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a joint news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia February 18, 2022. Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov made the allegations in a press briefing this morning (Picture: Reuters)

    Ukraine has denied being behind the incident, with president Volodymyr Zelensky saying: ‘We don’t attack Putin or Moscow.

    ‘We fight on our territory. We’re defending our villages and cities.’

    Unverified footage circulating on social media showed two flying objects thought to be drones approaching the Kremlin, and one exploding with a bright flash.

    Hours after the incident, Russia accused Ukraine of the ‘planned terrorist action’, adding it reserved the right to retaliate.

    Putin was not injured when when the Kremlin was allegedly hit in a Ukrainian drone strike early on 3 May, said the Russian presidential press service.

    The drone-like aircraft flying past the Kremlin (Picture: EAST2WEST NEWS)

    Peskov told reporters this morning: ‘Attempts to disown this, both in Kyiv and in Washington, are, of course, absolutely ridiculous.

    ‘We know very well that decisions about such actions, about such terrorist attacks, are made not in Kyiv but in Washington.’

    He alleged that the US often selected both the targets for Ukraine to attack, and the means to attack them.

    He added: ‘This is also often dictated from across the ocean. We know this well and are aware of this. In Washington they must clearly understand that we know this.’

    Peskov said Russia had several options and the response, when it came, would be carefully considered and balanced.

    He said an urgent investigation was under way, but could not say when the results would be known.

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