The Kremlin on Thursday warned of an escalation in Ukraine if the West gives the pro-Western country more weapons capable of striking Russia.
“It is potentially very dangerous and would mean taking the conflict to a completely new level, which of course does not bode well from the point of view of global security and Europe,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
More weapons for Ukraine
The warning comes on the eve of a major donor meeting where Western countries are considering sending more powerful weapons to Ukraine.
On Friday, the United States will gather its allies at its Ramstein air base for a new round of talks on military support for Ukraine.
Peskov spoke after Moscow’s ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said Russia would retaliate if Ukraine used weapons provided by the West to target Russia or Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
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“It should become clear to everyone: no matter what weapons the Americans or NATO supply to Zelensky’s system, we will destroy it,” he said, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It is simply impossible to defeat Russia,” he said in remarks released by the embassy.
He said that the US rhetoric on Ukraine has become “more aggressive”.
By insisting that Crimea was part of Ukraine and arguing that Kyiv could use American weapons to protect its territory, Washington is “essentially pushing the Kyiv regime to commit terrorist acts in Russia,” Antonov said.
Separately, former President Dmitry Medvedev warned that continued West support for Ukraine could lead to nuclear war.
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“The loss of nuclear energy in a conventional war could lead to a nuclear war,” he wrote.
“The nuclear powers have not lost major conflicts on which their fate depends.”
Peskov said Medvedev’s remarks were in line with Russia’s nuclear doctrine.