Russia Warns West Against Sending Long-range Arms to Ukraine

Russia's Sergey Lavrov

According to reports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned Western countries against supplying Ukraine with arms capable of striking Russian soil, stressing that such a move would be a “serious step towards unacceptable escalation.”

Sergey Lavrov’s comments, first published by Russia’s TASS news agency on Thursday, come as the US and Ukraine’s other Western allies continue to provide Ukraine with increasingly advanced weapons as Moscow presses ahead with its attack in the country’s eastern Donbas area.

According to RT’s Arabic station, he expressed his hope that “sane people” in Western countries would recognize the dangers of further strengthening Ukraine’s weapons.

Sergey Lavrov replied, “There are still a few still there.”

Reuters reported on Thursday that Washington had conversations with Kyiv about the risk of escalation in the now more than three-month-long conflict if it launched operations far inside Russia, citing unnamed US and diplomatic sources.

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Officials told Reuters that the behind-the-scenes conversations have not resulted in the imposition of clear geographic limits on the use of weaponry given to Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has pleaded with Western nations to help Kyiv with heavy weaponry.

In a video broadcast on Twitter, he stated his country required more artillery since it was the “only” sector where Moscow outmatched them.

“If you really care for Ukraine, [send] weapons, weapons and weapons again,” Kuleba urged.