USA arming Ukraine with heavier weapons increases the risk of direct US-Russia confrontation, regardless of American statements about mitigating such a possibility, according to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
The diplomat was commenting on the news that the US has decided to supply HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine. Washington has insisted that the weapons system will not allow Ukrainian forces to attack Russia, and argues it prevents a scenario in which Moscow would consider the US a party to the conflict.
“We’re not providing any weapons that will allow the Ukrainians to attack Russia from inside of Ukraine, and President [Joe] Biden has been very clear on that,” US representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said. “We’re not going to become [a] party to the war.”
Ryabkov disagreed with her, saying the US was making the conflict more dangerous.
“Any arms deliveries that continue, are getting bigger, increasing the risks of such a development,” Ryabkov said, answering the question, whether the risk of an open clash between the Russia and the US will increase in light of Washington’s decision to supply Ukraine with HIMARS.
He noted that for many years the US has not tried to do anything to find a solution to the Ukrainian conflict, and after the start of Russia’s special military operation, “there was simply a scrapping of the remnants of a responsible, sound approach to the situation”, so now Washington is trying to do everything to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.
Washington “maintains its course of what we characterized many times as an intention to wage war to the last Ukrainian, which reflects the goal of inflicting – as they say themselves – the strategic defeat of Russia. This is unprecedented. This is dangerous,” Ryabkov said.