Russia Seeks Support from Washington for Moscow Terror Attack Probe

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 04/14/2024
Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the UN, said on Friday that the country expects Washington and its partners to help with its probe into the March terror attack in Moscow that killed a number of people.

More than 140 people died in the attack on the Crocus City Hall music hall, which is just outside of Moscow. Four people with guns broke into the building and shot everyone they saw before setting it on fire. After the rampage, 11 people were caught, including the four people who are thought to have attacked.

Russian officials said the criminals were extreme Islamists, but they also said the crime might have been planned by Ukrainian security services, who used the terrorists as go-betweens. On Friday, Nebenzia said that the fact that the US and its partners are working hard to refocus attention away from Ukraine makes people even more suspicious of Western participation.

"Amidst such relentless attempts to pin the blame on ISIS and protect Kiev at all costs... a question about Western security services' involvement in planning this terrorist attack remains open," the diplomat said. The diplomat was referring to the international terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), which claimed responsibility for the massacre. Western news outlets kept bringing up these claims when they talked about what happened.

Russia's UN representative said that Moscow has "no doubts" that Ukraine was "directly involved in this heinous and egregious crime." He also said that officials already have enough proof to come to this conclusion.

Russia's Investigative Committee said earlier in April that they had found a possible link between Ukrainian security forces and the attack in March. The statement said that there was "significant evidence" that Kiev was involved, but it did not go into any more specifics.

Recently, police said they had found a money trail that connected the accused bombers to Ukrainian nationalists. The Russian security service FSB also shared records of interviews with the accused shooters, who said they were told to run toward the Ukrainian border after the attack.

"We expect our Western colleagues to work with us to capture and prosecute the terrorists who planned the attacks on Crocus City Hall," Nebenzia said on Friday. He also said that Moscow would like the West to help it look into the explosions that happened in the Nord Stream pipelines in the fall of 2022. The envoy also said that both strikes were "unequivocally condemned" by Western countries.


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