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Continued arms deliveries to the Kiev regime could lead the United States and Russia into a direct military confrontation, says Russian Ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov. Earlier, the United States reported that they were supplying the Armed Forces of Ukraine and ultra-nationalist formations of Ukraine with anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, drones, grenade launchers and small arms.
‘We warn: such actions are dangerous and provocative because they are directed against our state. They could lead the US and the Russian Federation onto the path of direct military confrontation. Any deliveries of weapons and military equipment from the West, carried out by transport convoys through the territory of Ukraine, are a legitimate military target for our armed forces, ‘Antonov emphasized.
According to the Russian diplomat, the United States and Western states are directly involved in the ongoing conflict and are provoking further military and civilian bloodshed by continuing to pump Ukraine with weapons and ammunition.
At the same time, Antonov recalled that the military development of Ukraine by NATO countries began even before the special operation of the Russian Federation: the United States and its European allies flooded the Kyiv regime with their weapons against the backdrop of plans announced by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to ‘get nuclear weapons.’
Commenting on Antonov’s statement, Grigory Karasin, chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said that Moscow is signalling to Washington that playing on the verge of a strategic foul is inadmissible.
‘I fully share Antonov’s concern. I think it’s provocative in a global sense. If Washington does not change its policy, this will indeed be a new stage in the escalation of international tension. We are signalling that this is a game on the verge of a strategic foul and a huge international military problem,’ Karasin said in an interview with RT.
In turn, Vladimir Vasilyev, chief researcher at the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, suggested that Moscow made it clear to Washington that it was not going to tolerate further arms deliveries to Ukraine, accompanied by US military personnel.
‘Until recently, Russia has avoided such strikes, realizing that they can quickly lead to an escalation of the conflict that will directly collide between the Armed Forces of Russia and NATO. I would regard Antonov’s statement as the last warning to the United States before Russia can carry out a corresponding strike,’ Vasilyev said in a comment to RT.
Kyiv continues to call on the West to provide greater military-technical support and transfer air defence systems, artillery and anti-ship weapons, aircraft, UAVs and surveillance systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is worth noting that on April 6, the US Senate approved the lend-lease bill, which simplifies the process of providing military assistance to the Kiev junta.
At the same time, in mid-March, Biden approved an $800 million military assistance package to Ukraine, which provides for the supply to Kiev of 800 Stinger MANPADS, 2,000 Javelin ATGMs, 1,000 light anti-tank guns, 6,000 AT-4 anti-tank systems, 100 tactical UAVs, 100 grenade launchers, 5 thousand rifles, 1 thousand pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns with ammunition.
According to Vladimir Vasiliev, part of the American elite, apparently, ‘are actively looking for various forms of confrontation with Russia. There are certain forces in the United States that are ready to carry out reconnaissance in force and send US and NATO troops to Ukraine. From the point of view of this part of the US leadership, it is quite normal if there are various kinds of clashes with parts of the Russian army, but on a limited scale and in a controlled form. But this is a very dangerous delusion,’ says Vasiliev.
‘Western countries, in fact, are already participating in the armed struggle against Russian troops. And these are not only thousands of mercenaries sent to Ukraine. I’ll just remind you that officers of NATO countries are trapped in Mariupol along with Ukrainian nationalists. But this does not scare us and does not stop us. The West needs to understand that for Russia, the presence of the alliance’s military personnel in Ukraine is not an obstacle in fulfilling the assigned tasks,’ says Nikolai Kostikin, an expert from the Bureau of Military-Political Analysis
According to Nikolai Kostikin, the Russian army has all the necessary reconnaissance and technical capabilities to record the supply of weapons to Ukraine, track the movement of foreign convoys around the country and then destroy them.
The expert recalled that Russian officials warned the United States and other Western countries about their readiness to counteract the pumping of weapons into the Kiev regime. Thus, in mid-March, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, on Channel One, stressed that American convoys with weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine are legitimate targets for the Russian army.
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‘By supplying weapons to Ukraine, the United States is implementing its longstanding policy of wreaking havoc with bloodshed. Therefore, at least now, the Americans are ready to put anyone under attack if these victims will help advance their political goals, ‘summed up Kostikin. Source
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