Russia Blasts US Move to Expand Arms Supplies to Ukraine
TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow regrets that Washington is stepping up arms supplies to Ukraine, thereby emboldening loose cannons in Kiev, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Channel One.
"The delivery of US weapons to Ukraine has become a routine thing. Regrettably, we can see a trend of this process intensifying. We don’t think that these supplies can help stabilize the situation regarding Ukraine’s domestic conflict in the southeast. Quite the opposite, [we believe] the risk is mounting that the existence of these weapons, you know, will embolden some loose cannons and, God forbid, will make them believe that they can solve the problem in the southeast through force," he pointed out.
Washington has provided $2.5bln in military assistance to Kiev since 2014, including $400mln allocated this year. The US supplies Ukraine with weapons and sends specialists to train Kiev’s troops. Ukraine received $350mln in military aid in 2017 and 2018, $250mln in 2019, and $300mln in 2020. The country obtained the American-made Javelin systems after the Donald Trump administration had approved the sale of lethal weapons to Kiev.