Russia’s Lavrov says Kremlin drone incident was ‘hostile act’


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Wednesday’s drone incident in the Kremlin was a “hostile act” and that Russia would respond with “concrete actions”.

Russia has accused Ukraine of firing drones into the Kremlin in an attempt to kill President Vladimir Putin and said the US was behind the attack. Ukraine denied it, and the White House dismissed Russia’s “lies.”

“It was clearly a hostile act and it is clear that the Kiev terrorists could not have committed it without their master’s knowledge,” Lavrov said at a press conference in India.

“We will not respond by talking about ’cause and effect’ or not. We will respond by concrete actions,” he said.

“Casus belli” is Latin for an act that justifies war. Russia’s war in Ukraine, now in its 15th month, continues to be described by Moscow as a “special military operation.”