White House Responds to Russia’s Claims Linking Ukraine Firm to Terrorism

Moscow is investigating claims that Ukraine’s Western supporters could be involved in terrorist activities

Washington has insisted there was no reason to look for any other possible suspects besides Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), after Moscow said it was investigating certain Western companies and government officials as part of a probe into the funding of a series of terrorist attacks in Russia.

The Russian Investigative Committee has “established that the funds, flowing through commercial organizations, including the oil and gas conglomerate Burisma Holdings, operating in Ukraine, have been used in recent years to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia,” spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Tuesday.

Besides last month’s Crocus City Hall attack, the investigation is looking at other terrorist acts, including the assassinations of prominent public figures and the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan focused on reinforcing Washington’s narrative on the Crocus attack, while dismissing any other possible leads and other incidents.

“It’s nonsense,” Jake Sullivan said. “Russia knows it was ISIS who committed the attack in Moscow, we know it was ISIS who committed the attack in Moscow, we warned Russia of an impending terrorist attack in Moscow, and all of the rest of this is noise.” 

Russia launched an investigation into allegations that Ukraine and its Western backers are involved in terrorist activities on Russian soil after a by several lawmakers in the wake of the March 22 attack. The investigation has allegedly established that at least some of the terrorist funding has been funneled through Ukrainian companies, including the notorious Burisma Holdings – former employers of US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Washington issued a public warning about an imminent attack in Russia in early March, weeks before the Crocus City assault. The US has since repeatedly claimed that all evidence points to ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based offshoot of the terrorist group that once controlled parts of Iraq and Syria, as the sole mastermind and perpetrator of the massacre.

The US refuses to allow any discussion of possible Ukrainian involvement in last month’s terrorist attack near Moscow because Washington is ultimately responsible for Kiev’s actions, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev said last week.