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White House says it Warned Russia Of Potential Terror Attack in Early March But Was Dismissed

White House says it Warned Russia Of Potential Terror Attack in Early March But Was Dismissed
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The White House has disclosed the urgency with which it warned Russian officials of a potential terror attack. This revelation comes in the wake of a deadly incident near Moscow, claimed by the Islamic State, which the US had anticipated through its intelligence efforts.

The US intelligence community, adhering to its 'duty to warn' policy, had informed Russia of extremists' imminent plans targeting large gatherings, including concerts. Despite the Kremlin dismissing the warning as an attempt at blackmail and destabilization, the White House's national security communications adviser, John Kirby, emphasized the importance of protecting innocent lives.

Kirby clarified that while the US has significant issues with President Vladimir Putin's governance and the ongoing war against Ukraine, it does not extend to the Russian populace. The intelligence shared aimed to prevent the loss of innocent Russian lives to a terrorist threat.

The US Embassy in Moscow had also issued a warning to American citizens to avoid large gatherings due to the heightened risk of an attack. This proactive measure was part of a broader strategy to keep tabs on emerging threats, even after the withdrawal of troops from the Middle East.

This incident underscores the complex dynamics of international relations where, despite deep-seated conflicts, there exists a fundamental commitment to prevent harm to civilians.