LONDON (REUTERS) – Russia advised the United States to cease sending more arms to Ukraine, warning that enormous Western deliveries of weapons had been inflaming the battle and would lead to more losses, Moscow’s ambassador to Washington stated.
Russia’s Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine has killed 1000’s of individuals, displaced tens of millions more and raised fears of a wider confrontation between Russia and the United States – by far the world’s two greatest nuclear powers.
The United States has dominated out sending its personal or Nato forces to Ukraine however Washington and its European allies have provided weapons to Kyiv akin to drones, Howitzer heavy artillery, anti-aircraft Stinger and anti-tank Javelin missiles.
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, stated such arms deliveries had been aimed toward weakening Russia however that they had been escalating the battle in Ukraine whereas undermining efforts to attain some form of peace settlement.
“What the Americans are doing is pouring oil on the flames,”Antonov advised the Rossiya 24 TV channel. “I see only an attempt to raise the stakes, to aggravate the situation, to see more losses.”
Antonov, who has served as ambassador to Washington since 2017, stated an official diplomatic observe had been despatched to Washington expressing Russia’s issues. No reply had been given, Antonov stated.
“We stressed the unacceptability of this situation when the United States of America pours weapons into Ukraine, and we demanded an end to this practice,” Antonov stated.
The interview was replayed on Russian state tv all through Monday.
Washington’s high diplomat and its defence secretary met Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky in Kyiv late on Sunday (April 24), pledging new help value US$713 million (S$977 million) for Zelensky’s authorities and different international locations within the area fearing Russian aggression.
Earlier in April, US President Joe Biden introduced a further US$800 million in army help to Ukraine, increasing the scope of the methods offered to embrace heavy artillery.
Zelensky has been pleading with US and European leaders to provide Kyiv with heavier arms and gear. Thousands have been killed and tens of millions displaced since Russia despatched troops into Ukraine on Feb 24 in what it calls a “special military operation” to “demilitarise” its neighbouring nation.
President Vladimir Putin says the “special military operation” in Ukraine is important as a result of the United States was utilizing Ukraine to threaten Russia and Moscow had to defend against the persecution of Russian-speaking individuals.
Putin, who says Ukraine and Russia are basically one individuals, casts the conflict as an inevitable confrontation with the United States, which he accuses of threatening Russia by meddling in its yard and enlarging the Nato army alliance.
Ukraine says it’s preventing an imperial-style land seize and that Putin’s claims of genocide are nonsense.
Zelensky has been pleading with US and European leaders to provide Kyiv with heavier arms and gear. Putin warned in February that there could be no winners in a battle between Nato and Russia, which has the world’s greatest arsenal of nuclear warheads.