Alexander Makogonov acknowledged on BFMTV that Russia still had “work” to make the Kremlin’s defense system fully effective against drone attacks, like the one that occurred on Tuesday.
In the aftermath of an unprecedented drone attack against Moscow and its region, Alexander Makogonov, spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in France, spoke on Wednesday on BFMTV. According to him, the neutralization of the eight drones – sent by Ukraine according to Moscow, even if kyiv denies any involvement – demonstrates above all the effectiveness of the Russian anti-aircraft defense system.
“The fact that the drones were shot down or neutralized by the Russian anti-aircraft defense speaks volumes about the capacity of our defense system,” he proclaimed on our antenna.
In the aftermath of the attack, Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of wanting to “terrify Russia” and “intimidate Russian citizens”, while saying he was “satisfied” with Russian anti-aircraft defense, which intercepted the drones.
The Russian president considered that this attack was a response to a recent Russian strike on the headquarters of the Ukrainian military intelligence services. kyiv has not recently reported a strike on this building.
These incidents, which left two lightly injured according to the Russian authorities, provoked the anger of several actors in the war in Ukraine, starting with the boss of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Evgueni Prigojine, pointing the finger at the inaction of the staff embodied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
This Wednesday evening, Alexander Makogonov recognized potential flaws in the anticipation of these attacks, which have multiplied in recent weeks in Russia.
“There is something to work on. (…) Russia is a big country, one can imagine that there are gaps in the defense system, which must be filled,” he admitted.
However, the Russian Embassy spokesman warned Ukraine that Russia may retaliate to this attack. “Russia reserves the right to respond, revenge is a dish served cold.”
Source: BFM TV