Russia warns US of ‘consequences’ of military aid to Ukraine: reports

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Russia has formally complained to the United States about its military aid to Ukraine, warning of “unforeseeable consequences” if deliveries of advanced weapons continue, US media reported.

In a diplomatic note this week, Moscow warned the United States and NATO against sending “the most sensitive” weapons that kyiv would use in the conflict with Russia, saying such shipments “add value.” ‘oil’ to the situation and could have ‘unforeseeable consequences’. “, reported the Washington Post.

The warning came the same week US President Joe Biden pledged a new $800 million military aid package to Ukraine, including helicopters, howitzers and armored personnel carriers.

“What the Russians are telling us privately is precisely what we’ve been telling the world publicly – that the massive aid we’ve provided to our Ukrainian partners is proving extraordinarily effective,” the Post quoted a senior official as saying. administration – who spoke on condition of anonymity of the note — as said.

The State Department declined to comment on the official memo reports.

“We will not confirm any private diplomatic correspondence,” a State Department spokesperson said.

“What we can confirm is that together with our allies and partners, we are providing Ukraine with billions of dollars in security assistance, which our Ukrainian partners are using to extraordinary effect to defend their country against Russia’s unprovoked aggression and horrific acts of violence.”

According to the New York Times citing US officials, the note was sent through normal channels and was not signed by any senior Russian official.

Official correspondence indicates that Russia is concerned about continued US material support for Ukraine, an unnamed US official told CNN.

CNN also reported that a source familiar with the document said the complaint could mean Moscow is preparing to take a more aggressive stance against the United States and NATO as the invasion of Ukraine continues.

Biden briefed his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky by phone on Wednesday on the new arms aid package, as Russia refocuses its efforts eastward, the new front line of the seven-week war.

“As Russia prepares to step up its attack in the Donbass region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself,” Biden said.

“This new assistance package will contain many of the highly effective weapons systems we have already provided and new capabilities tailored to the broader assault we expect Russia to launch in eastern Ukraine. “

Zelensky for his part tweeted that he and Biden had discussed the “additional package of defensive aid and possible macro-financial aid.”

The new assistance included some of the heaviest equipment that Washington had previously refused to provide kyiv for fear of an escalation of the conflict with nuclear-armed Russia, and comes after the arms aid already provided to the army. Ukrainian.

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