Moscow said on Wednesday that the planned supply of new US weapons to Ukraine, including advanced missile systems, increased the risk of the United States heading for a direct confrontation with Russia.
Asked about the possibility of a confrontation between Moscow and Washington, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA Novosti news agency that “any arms supply that continues to increase increases the risk of such developments.”
On Tuesday, Washington said it would supply Ukraine with advanced missile systems, including the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System or HIMARS Multiple-Launch Rocket System, which can launch multiple precision-guided missiles simultaneously.
Both Ukraine and Russia already operate multi-launch rocket systems, but HIMARS has a higher range and accuracy.
The HIMARS system that Washington is providing to Ukraine will have a range of about 80 kilometers (50 miles).
According to Ryabkov, the United States is “determined to wage war (in Moscow) until the last Ukraine to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.”
“It’s unprecedented, it’s dangerous,” Ryabkov said.
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