Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer, NATO’s military chief, said Russia was behind the drone attack on the Kremlin. He told this in the Dutch morning program WNL op Zondag NPO 1.
Why is this important?On Wednesday evening, two small explosions occurred just above the dome of the Senate in the Kremlin. According to Russia itself, dictator Vladimir Putin was the target of the attack, which was supposed to kill him. However, the explosions were too small to do any real damage, and Putin was nowhere near the Kremlin at the time.
In the news: Dutch NATO top soldier Rob Bauer points to Russia itself.
- Lieutenant Admiral Bauer is currently Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee. In that position he is the military advisor to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. His position is seen as one of the three most important positions within NATO, alongside that of Stoltenberg and SACEUR, the military commander-in-chief of forces in Europe.
- Bauer was a guest in WNL op Zondag on NPO 1, where he was asked about some current events in Ukraine and Russia. Bauer was firm about the drone attack on the Kremlin: “My idea is that it was a fake attack.” The soldier also mentioned that two people were walking on the roof of the Senate at the time of the attack.
- According to him, the attack is intended to rally the Russian population behind the regime and the war. “This is apparently necessary to maintain support in our own country. Russia did not start this war because Ukraine was a physical threat to Russia. It started this war because they feared that the Ukrainians would become truly democratic.
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Underlying: Bauer is not alone in this belief. Russia is also referred to as the perpetrator by Ukraine and by various experts.
- Bauer is not in a position where you can just speculate. In addition, as military head of NATO, he has a lot of intelligence that others do not have.
- Ukraine itself, which was accused by Russia of the attack, also bounced back. Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak suggested that Russian resistance groups were behind the attack. The same path is also followed by Ilia Ponomarev, a former Russian member of parliament and opponent of the regime.
- Various experts, including Eastern Europe connoisseur Sergej Sumlenny and Rusland-expert Mark Galeotti, pointing towards Russia itself. With a ‘false flag’ operation, Russia has an extra reason to attack Ukraine harder, with additional drones, for example. Meanwhile, the victim role in which Moscow wallows should make the population rally behind it.