Washington feared that killing Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov would spark a direct conflict between Russia and the US, the paper claimed
FILE PHOTO: The head of the Russian General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov © Sputnik / Russian Defense Ministry / Vadim Savitsky
Washington allegedly sought to dissuade Kiev from trying to kill the head of the Russian General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, the New York Times (NYT) reported on Saturday. The paper cites “secret battle plans, intercepts and interviews with Russian soldiers and Kremlin confidants,” as well as some unnamed US officials.
According to the NYT, the US learned of alleged plans for Gerasimov to visit the frontlines of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in late April. American officials decided to withhold the information from Ukraine, out of fear that Kiev might try to kill the general, potentially sparking a conflict between the US and Russia, the NYT added.
The Ukrainian military reportedly obtained the information about Gerasimov’s plans anyway, prompting US officials to request Kiev to call off an attack on the Russian general, the media outlet said. The request was tabled after consultations with the White House, the NYT said.
“We told them not to do it,” a senior American official told the paper. “We were like, ‘Hey, that’s too much.’”