Russia officially confirms it warned US, other partners to stop arming Ukraine

16 April, 03:12 PM
Maria Zakharova (Photo:Maria Zakharova/Facebook)

Maria Zakharova (Photo:Maria Zakharova/Facebook)

Russia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed it sent diplomatic notes to the United States and other partners demanding a halt to their arms supplies to Ukraine, Russia's Kommersant daily newspaper reported on April 16.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the relevant notes had been sent "to all countries," the newspaper said.

On April 15, U.S.-based The Washington Post daily newspaper reported that Russia this week sent a formal diplomatic note to the United States warning that U.S. and NATO shipments of the "most sensitive" weapons systems to Ukraine were "adding fuel" to the conflict there and could bring "unpredictable consequences."

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"We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security," the note said.

The diplomatic démarche, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post, came as U.S. President Joe Biden approved a dramatic expansion in the scope of weapons being provided to Ukraine, an $800 million package including 155 mm howitzers, coastal defense drones and armored vehicles, as well as additional portable antiaircraft and antitank weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition.

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