Russian parliament member blames meteor shower on US secret arms test

The conspiracy theories flourishing on Russian social media about the meteor, which sailed over central Russia on Friday. The Moscow-sponsored outlet Voice of Russia says:
Russia's controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today’s meteorite scare, local media report.

“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons,” Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists.

According to the story, Zhirinovsky also stated that new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had attempted to tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the “test” in advance. Lavrov has reportedly been dodging Kerry’s phone calls for a few days now. Zhirinovsky reportedly said “he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip,” of Kerry’s motivation. “He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia.”

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