Russia’s ambassador to the United States has warned that western military aid to Ukraine could lead to direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States

According to Russia Today (RT), RIA Novosti and other media, Newsweek published an interview with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Antonov on August 8 local time.Citing pledges by the Biden administration and its European Allies to provide more military aid to Ukraine, Antonov warned that such actions would only escalate the conflict and could lead the United States and Russia “down the path of direct military confrontation.”Screenshot of the NEWSWEEK story from Russia Today:Antonov says providing weapons to Ukraine (the west) may lead to Russian and American military confrontation “western countries directly involved in current events, they continue to provide weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, to incite more bloodshed”, antonov said, “we warned that such behavior is dangerous and provocative, because they were aimed at our country.Such actions could also lead Russia and the United States down the path of direct military confrontation.”According to newsweek published on the same day, the content of the antonov mentioned in the interview, also the purpose of Russia to Ukraine to carry out special operations, including through will reduce the western countries such as Ukraine “demilitarised” (these countries are trying to use the ukrainians against Russia) military threat to Russia, “end the genocide of Kiev regimes,To ensure the non-nuclear and neutral status of Ukraine “.”The occupation of Ukraine is not the objective of a special [military] operation,” he said.In recent years, the US and western countries have provided weapons to Ukraine many times, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.US President Joe Biden has approved six shipments of military equipment to Ukraine since August 2021, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference on Thursday.The total amount of U.S. assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched the special military operation has exceeded $1.7 billion.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said recently that NATO is providing Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons and other assistance, and NATO countries will continue to provide Ukraine with needed weapons.Russia is firmly opposed to this.’Every day Ukrainian nationalists are using civilians as shields and hiding behind women and children, while NATO countries are supplying them with weapons and ammunition,’ Volodin, chairman of the Duma, the lower house of Parliament, said in late March.He also said that if the US and the West wanted peace, their money should be spent on humanitarian aid, not arms and mercenaries.NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine, Nikolai Kobrynietz, head of the European Cooperation Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told RIA Novosti on April 1.

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