The US should not transfer any additional armaments to Ukraine, according to Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, who added that an official diplomatic note outlining Russia’s concerns had been submitted to Washington.
“We stressed the unacceptability of this situation when the US pours weapons into Ukraine, and we demanded an end to this practice,” Antonov said on Russia’s state television channel Rossiya 24.
Moreover, Joe Biden’s administration unveiled two military assistance agreements for the east European country, each totaling USD 800 billion, earlier this month.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested world powers and organizations including NATO and the EU to provide more arms and equipment to his country in order to assist it to fend off Russia’s invasion, which began on February 24.
Russia warned after US announced additional military aid
Meanwhile, Antonov’s remarks came even as the US, on Sunday, announced additional military aid for Kyiv.
The announcement was made by US secretary of state Antony Blinken and defense secretary Lloyd Austin, who arrived in the Ukrainian capital to meet President Zelensky in what is the highest-level US visit to the war-torn nation.
Further, the amount–USD 713 million–is for Ukraine, and 15 of the allied and partner countries of the United States in the region. From this amount, USD 322 million is earmarked for Ukraine.
However, Putin has consistently defended the invasion, which he describes as a “special military operation,” by claiming that it is necessary to “de-nazify” Ukraine.