Russia has warned the United States that there will be “unpredictable consequences” if Washington keeps arming Ukraine.
The Washington Post on Friday quoted a foreign ministry spokeswoman as confirming that Moscow had sent diplomatic notes to the US and other nations about supplying weapons to Ukraine, but did not say what the messages contained.
“We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security,” the Post quoted Russia saying in a note to the US.
Russia’s latest warning came only a few days after US President Joe Biden called Russian Leader Vladimir Putin a war criminal and pledged to send more military aid to Ukraine.
So far, the US and UK, and other European governments to a lesser degree, have sent hundreds of millions of Dollars in military supplies to Russia’s embattled southern neighbor.
Analysts believe the warning by Moscow is designed to stave off any plans by Western governments to comply with Kyiv’s repeated requests for more lethal weapons, such as tanks and war-planes.
Despite increasing calls by politicians in the US for more offensive weapons to be sent to Ukraine, the Biden administration has restricted supplies to stinger missiles, Javelenes, anti-tank weapons and radar equipment. It says it does not want an escalation of the crisis.
Writing by Tony Okerafor