11.03.2022 - 19:46 [ Pentagon ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing, March 9, 2022

Q: Is there any concern that Russia’s actually doing this because they’re planning some sort of chem-biological attack?

MR. KIRBY: Yes, Court. I mean, again, not being perfectly inside the minds of the Russians. We have seen one of their playbooks is to accuse the other that which you are doing or what you plan to do. And to create a narrative that of victimhood and blaming somebody else for something that you’re in fact going to do. I have no evidence of that. I’m not suggesting that that’s in the offing right now.

I have no intelligence and indicators that, that type of weaponry is in Ukraine and being planned to be used. So, I want to be clear, but it is a piece of the Russian playbook to blame others for that which you are about to do or you are considering doing. They’ve done that plenty of times before.