Russian parliamentary speaker blusters at U.S. and NATO over Ukraine aid

22 January, 03:50 PM
Speaker of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo)

Speaker of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo)

Russian parliamentary speaker Vyacheslav Volodin blustered that Russia may take “retaliatory measures” in response to the U.S. and NATO’s support of the Ukrainian military, Russian media outlet RBC reported on Jan. 22.

“If Washington and NATO countries supply weapons that will be used to launch attacks on peaceful cities and attempt to seize our territories, as they threaten to, this will lead to retaliatory measures with the use of more powerful weapons,” he brayed.

His threats came following the eighth international meeting of Ukrainian defense partners at the Ramstein air base in Germany on Jan. 20, during which representatives from 54 countries discussed military aid to Ukraine. Germany has not made a decision on the transfer of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, though a number of countries that have stocks of the German-made battle tank stated that they are willing to send those tanks to Ukraine, as long as Germany gives the green light.

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According to the British International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Ukraine needs about 100 tanks for a new offensive against Russia.

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