Putin says the West is to blame for mob storming Russian airport; U.S. calls the accusation ‘absurd’

The U.S. rejected accusations by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the West and Ukraine had orchestrated an anti-Israel riot in an airport in the Russian republic of Dagestan over the weekend, calling the allegations ‘absurd.’ In a televised meeting, Putin said the West and Ukraine had organized the ‘deadly chaos,’ saying it is ‘the current ruling elites of the U.S. and their satellites who are the main beneficiaries of world instability.

‘ John Kirby, spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, told reporters at a White House briefing on Monday that the claims were ‘classic Russian rhetoric.’ ‘When something goes bad in your country, you blame somebody else, blame it on outside influences’ he said, adding that ‘the West had nothing to do with this. This is just hate, bigotry and intimidation, pure and simple.’ Kirby said a good leader ‘would call it out for what it is.

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