Putin does not want to meet the victims' families, and Washington condemns the “ridiculous propaganda” of Russian leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not want to meet the families of those killed in the Moscow concert hall attack at this time, the Kremlin said Thursday. The Russian president waited until the following day to speak publicly after the attack, which killed 143 people. According to his spokesman, Putin did not go to the scene to “disrupt the work” of rescue teams. A White House spokesman said Russian leaders were trying to spread “absurd propaganda” about the Moscow attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group and was “absolutely responsible”, Moscow's accusations of Western countries and Ukraine being involved in the attack.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin did not want to meet the families of the victims. Attack on Crocus City Hall concert hall in MoscowAt the present time, as announced by the Kremlin on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to journalists' questions about whether Putin wanted to meet relatives of the victims, saying, “If contacts are needed, we will inform you about it.”

Vladimir Putin on Monday admitted that the worst attack in Russia in two decades was carried out by “Islamic extremists”, but Russian officials accused Ukrainian and Western intelligence services of carrying it out “easily”. The “Islamic State” claimed responsibility for the attack.

After an attack on a concert hall near Moscow on Friday evening that killed 143 people, the Russian president waited until the following day to speak publicly.

According to Peskov, Vladimir Putin also did not go to the scene to “impede the work” of rescue teams. He added, “As far as the families and loved ones of the victims are concerned, close contact has been made with all relevant agencies and experts… All this has been completed as soon as possible. The work continues.”

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On Wednesday, he traveled to the Tver region, northwest of Moscow, to visit the History Museum and meet with employees of the Department of Culture. On Thursday, he will participate in a meeting dedicated to the tourism sector.

Russia confirms the perpetrators of the Moscow attack had “connections with Ukrainian nationalists”.

The perpetrators of the attack on Crocus City Hall near Moscow that killed 143 people had “connections with Ukrainian nationalists” and received “large sums of money” from Ukraine, a Russian intelligence agency confirmed on Thursday. Investigators also announced the arrest of a new suspect accused of “financing” the attack.

Authorities earlier announced the arrest of 11 people, including four suspected attackers. 8 of them were booked and jailed.

According to President Vladimir Putin, the four suspected attackers were caught trying to flee into Ukraine in Russia's Bryansk region, where a “window” was set up to allow them to cross the Ukrainian border. Alexander Portnikov, director of the Russian Central Security Service, confirmed that Ukrainian and Western intelligence services “facilitated” the attack.

“Absurd Propaganda”

A White House spokesman said Russian leaders were trying to spread “absurd propaganda” about the Moscow attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, which claimed “full responsibility”.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby condemned Russia's “ridiculous campaign” after Russian intelligence accused the perpetrators of the attack on a concert hall near Moscow with money from Ukraine and ties to “Ukrainian nationalists.” Ukraine vehemently denies any involvement in the attack and accuses Moscow of trying to “shift the blame”. The US said it had warned Russia in March of a possible terrorist attack targeting large gatherings in Moscow.

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