‘ISIS solely responsible’: White House denies Putin claim that Ukraine involved in Moscow attack

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

This video grab taken from a handout footage released by the Russian Investigative Committee on March 23, 2024 shows a law enforcement officer standing inside the Crocus City Hall, a day after a gun attack in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow. (Handout / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE / AFP)
This video grab taken from a handout footage released by the Russian Investigative Committee on March 23, 2024 shows a law enforcement officer standing inside the Crocus City Hall, a day after a gun attack in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow. (Handout / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE / AFP)

The White House denies Russian claims that Ukraine was involved in an ISIS terror attack on a concert hall in Moscow in which over 130 people were killed.

“ISIS bears sole responsibility for this attack. There was no Ukrainian involvement whatsoever,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson says in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin initially claimed after the attack that the assailants tried to escape in the direction of Ukraine and that Kyiv prepared an escape “window” for them. Ukraine has flatly denied these claims as well.

Watson confirms that the United States “shared information with Russia about a planned terrorist attack in Moscow.”

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