Russia views 'negatively' US weapons supply to Ukraine

AP , Wednesday 1 Jun 2022

A Kremlin spokesman says Moscow ``negatively'' views U.S. plans to supply more weapons to Ukraine.

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File Photo: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, September 9, 2021. AP

 

This comes after the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it will send Ukraine a small number of high-tech, medium-range rocket systems.

Ukrainian leaders have been begging for more advanced rocket systems as they struggle to stall Russian progress in the eastern Donbas region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during his daily conference calls with journalists on Wednesday that Moscow doesn't trust Kyiv's assurances that the multiple-launch rocket systems supplied by the U.S. will not be used to attack Russia.

The expectation is that Ukraine could use the rockets to intercept Russian artillery and take out Russian positions in towns where fighting is intense, such as Sievierodonetsk.

U.S. officials say the aid package expected to be unveiled Wednesday tries to strike a balance between the desire to help Ukraine battle ferocious Russian artillery barrages while not providing arms that could allow Ukraine to hit targets deep inside Russia and trigger an escalation in the war.

Biden reiterated the message in his New York Times' essay, saying that the U.S. is not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders and does not want to prolong the war ``just to inflict pain on Russia.'

Peskov nonetheless accused the U.S. of ``deliberately and diligently pouring fuel into the fire.

``The U.S. sticks to the line of fighting with Russia until the last Ukrainian (left standing),'' he said.

U.S. officials say the aid package expected to be unveiled Wednesday would send what the U.S. considers medium-range rockets, they generally can travel about 45 miles (70 kilometers).

U.S. officials familiar with the decision did not detail how much the aid will cost, but it will be the 11th package approved so far and will be the first to tap the $40 billion in assistance recently passed by Congress.

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