Russia threatens with escalation in the Donbas, if deliveries of American weapons are made to Ukraine
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned the United States against arms supplies to Ukraine.
"This decision will be tantamount to trying to put oil on the fire. I think, even in the American administration, many people are aware of this. That is why such supplies have not been implemented so far, although the conflict arose long ago," Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, said at a press conference.
"If now the policy of the United States changes in this direction, it could threaten a serious aggravation of the situation, without any justification. Nothing of the sort is happening in Ukraine now that would dictate even the slightest need for such dangerous steps," he added.
At the end of August, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, at a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, promised to expand cooperation with Ukraine in the field of defense and consider the possibility of delivering lethal weapons.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the possible supply of arms to the situation in eastern Ukraine would not change anything, but would lead to an increase in the number of victims.