The Kremlin on Thursday denied US and British claims that President Vladimir Putin’s advisers were afraid to give him a true picture of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Putin launched the military operation in Ukraine on February 24, citing the “genocide” of Russian speakers there and accusing the pro-Western country of close ties to NATO.
“It shows that neither the State Department nor the Pentagon have real information about what is happening in the Kremlin,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“They don’t understand President Putin, they don’t understand the decision-making mechanism and they don’t understand the style of our work,” he added.
The head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency, Jeremy Fleming, said on Thursday that “Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth” about the progress of the Russian military and the degree of Ukrainian resistance.
The White House earlier gave a declassified intelligence briefing that revealed Putin’s relationship with his staff had soured.
White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said Putin “felt misled by the Russian military.”
Reports cannot be independently confirmed.
Peskov said that “it was not only a pity” that such claims were made, but “it raises concerns, because such a complete misunderstanding is what leads to wrong decisions, hasty decisions that have very bad consequences”.