Russia warns US not to send long-range weapons to Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) β€” A senior Russian diplomat sharply warned Washington on Friday not to supply long-range weapons to Ukraine, noting that the United States is poised on the brink of direct involvement in the conflict.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov also pointed to the Russian military doctrine, which envisages the use of nuclear weapons in the event of a threat to the existence of the Russian state.

“I have repeatedly warned the United States of the possible consequences if the United States continues to send large amounts of arms to Ukraine,” Ryabkov said, adding, “In effect, Ukraine has almost become a party to the conflict. I have,” he said.

“The very narrow line that separates the United States from becoming a party to the conflict must not create the illusion of a ferocious anti-Russian force that everything remains the same once it is crossed,” Ryabkov said on state television. warned.

He stressed that Russia will continue to attack Ukraine until it achieves its goals.

“Russia will be able to fully protect its interests, and the goals of special military operations will be fully achieved,” Ryabkov said.

He noted that Russian military doctrine stipulates that nuclear weapons can be used in the event of an aggression against Russia and its allies involving weapons of mass destruction or involving conventional weapons that threaten the very existence of the Russian state. .

The US supply of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers bolstered the strike capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and used them to strike key infrastructure installations and other targets. Fires GPS-guided missiles that can reach targets as far as 50 miles.

So far, U.S. officials have refrained from providing Ukraine with long-range missiles for the HIMARS launcher, which can reach targets of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles), allowing Ukrainian forces to penetrate areas deep within Russia. may be attacked.

“We are warning the United States not to take provocative measures, such as providing longer-range, more devastating weapons,” Ryabkov said. β€œIt is a road to nowhere with serious consequences, and the responsibility lies entirely with Washington.”