Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Photo/Radio Free Europe
MOSCOW – Russia said that the supply of weapons from the West to the regime in Kiev would not prevent them from achieving the goals of what he called a special military operation in Ukraine .
This was stated by a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova at a press conference.
“The supply of attack weapons to Ukraine will not prevent our country from achieving its goals during special military operations,” he said as quoted by the TASS news agency, Friday (13/1/2023).
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Zakharova paid attention to the recent statements by the United States (US) and its allies about plans to expand the range of military supplies to Kiev. Moscow considers such a plan to be solely a continuation of a deliberate policy to perpetuate and escalate the conflict, prolonging the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
“The new weapons systems delivered to the Ukrainian army will become legitimate targets for Russia,” Zakharova stressed.
Washington and its European allies have repeatedly stated that they want to avoid direct confrontation with Russia and deny getting involved in the ongoing conflict. However, they had supplied the Kiev forces with a wide variety of weapons, including self-propelled howitzers and multiple rocket launchers.
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Most recently, Ukraine will receive supplies of light combat vehicles (ranpur) from France, Germany and the US. Meanwhile, Poland promised to send the Leopard tanks that Ukraine had long requested to Germany. Poland’s move was followed by Britain’s spokesman Rishi Sunak said London would provide Ukraine with main battle tanks.
In addition, the US-led group of 50 countries that provide military support to Ukraine will meet on January 20. Any announcements about new aid, such as tanks, can be made to coincide with a Contact Group meeting.
Ukraine has long asked the West for heavy arms assistance to deal with Russia’s onslaught. Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly warned that continued shipments of Western weapons to Kiev will only prolong the conflict and prolong human suffering. Moscow also warned of the risk of direct military confrontation between Russia and the West.
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