Russia warns United States of “global security consequences” – RT World News

Moscow’s ambassador to Washington responded to media reports that the United States would send multiple launch rocket systems to Kiev.

Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned on Friday that the United States could significantly increase the risk of escalating conflict in Ukraine if it provided Kiev with multiple long-range rocket launches. Earlier, several U.S. media outlets reported that the Biden administration had given the green light for distribution.

Asked to comment on the claims, Antonov said the allegations need to be verified first and so far, no official announcement has been made by US officials.

The ambassador hopes that “Common sense will prevail, and Washington will not take such provocative steps.He and colleagues at the Russian Foreign Ministry have repeatedly warned the US leadership that “Unprecedented pumping“Weapons in Ukraine”The risk of escalating conflict increases significantly.

Antonov says that if the media reports are true, and the Biden administration wants to send Kiev M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS systems, the Ukrainian military will have the power to strike Russian cities – which he described as unacceptable to Moscow.

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By providing more weapons to Ukraine, Antonov said, the United States would undermine the prospect of peace in the Eastern European country. He noted that Washington was involved in a growing conflict, which could lead to “.Unexpected consequences for global security.

Officials have called on the Biden administration to “” shut downIt is a pointless and extremely risky practice to pump weapons“In Ukraine. Also in Antonov Kyiv and Washington officials.”Accept the reality,“What can help”To make progress towards diplomatic settlement.

The Russian ambassador’s remarks came shortly after the New York Times ran a report, citing unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the Biden administration had given the green light to supply multiple US-made long-range rocket systems to Ukraine. The paper said an announcement could be made early next week.

Sources quoted in the report said that High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (M142 HIMARS) could be included in the next part of Ukraine’s military assistance, along with the 155-millimeter Howitzer, which Washington is already supplying to Kiev.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby declined to comment on the alleged decision.

A similar report was published on CNN on Thursday.

Ukraine has called on the United States to supply its rocket system, or its cousin, the M270 MLRS, which, according to Kiev, could help turn the tide of the conflict with Russia.

According to U.S. media reports earlier this month, until recently, the Biden administration had been wary of supplying M270 MLRS or M142 HIMARS to Ukraine, fearing it could be seen as an increase due to the Kremlin’s long range and large-scale destruction. Comparison with the United States already sent weapons to Kyiv. Of particular concern is the possibility of the Ukrainian military using these weapons to hit Russian targets, several media outlets have reported.

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On Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba tweeted:Heavy weapons at the top of our agenda, and much more coming our way,After talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The New York Times said the message could signal a breakthrough on multiple launch rocket systems.

Although the Ukrainian military has a similar Soviet-designed system, HIMARS has a longer range, said to be more accurate, more versatile, and can be loaded with satellite-guided and tactical ballistic missiles. Each missile is pre-loaded into disposable launch tubes and can be quickly mounted on trucks and dropped after firing, making the system arguably easier to operate than older, Soviet-designed models.

The United States has been actively providing military assistance to Kiev since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

Earlier this month, President Biden signed into law a land-lease law aimed at speeding up the process of sending military equipment to Ukraine.

Last Saturday, Biden also approved legislation allocating an additional 40 billion in aid to Ukraine.

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