Russian Parliament Member Blames Meteor on U.S., Says it Was Weapons Test
February 18, 2013 10:44 AM
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He said John Kerry tried to warn Russia
A Russian parliament member has blamed
Friday's meteor shower
on the United States, saying that it was testing "new weapons."
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a controversial Liberal member of Russian parliament, said Friday that the meteor was caused by a U.S. weapons test, adding that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had attempted to contact Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the test.
“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," said Zhirinovsky. "John Kerry wanted to warn Lavrov on Monday, he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip. He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia."
Zhirinovsky is a figure known for being anti-Western and a nationalist. He was even described as racist, cruel, a "political clown" and a "radical right-wing boogie-man for the West" by newspapers like
The New York Times
On Friday, a
entered the Earth's atmosphere traveling at 33,000 MPH and a sonic boom occurred around 9:20 a.m. local Moscow time before the meteor burned up. The explosion occurred over Russia's Urals region about 18-32 miles above the ground.
According to Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva, about 985 people in the city of Chelyabinsk alone required medical assistance.
Vladimir Stepanov of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry said about 270 buildings had been damaged due to the meteor, where most of it consisted of broken glass.
The Voice of Russia
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Just a matter of time
2/18/2013 1:49:00 PM
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