Washington’s decision to continue its arms supplies to Kiev seals its status of a participant in the Ukraine conflict, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.
“The [Biden] administration’s decision to continue pumping the Kiev regime with heavy weapons only secures Washington’s status as a participant of the conflict.
“We perceive this as an immediate threat to the strategic interests of our country,” Antonov warned.
He made the remarks after US President Joe Biden announced a new $625 million security assistance package for Kyiv during a telephone call on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a statement from the White House.
“President Biden pledged to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes, including the provision today of a new $625 million security assistance package that includes additional weapons and equipment, including HIMARS, artillery systems and ammunition, and armored vehicles,” the statement read.
Biden also affirmed US’ readiness “to impose severe costs” on any individual, entity or country that provides support to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
According to the Russian diplomat, “the supply of military products by the US and its allies not only entails protracted bloodshed and new casualties, but also increases the danger of a direct military clash between Russia and Western countries.”
He called on Washington to stop its provocative actions that could lead to severe consequences.