‘Could lead to fatal consequences’ – Russian FM on allowing Kyiv to use Western weapons against Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry
Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has issued a stark warning regarding the decision to permit Kyiv to use Western-supplied weapons to strike targets within Russia, suggesting it could lead to “fatal consequences,” Interfax reported.

"I would like to caution American policymakers against miscalculations that could have fatal consequences," Ryabkov stated.

The United States "underestimates the seriousness of the retaliation they might face."

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Washington should "take the warnings coming from Russia as seriously as possible," he claimed.

Use of Western weapons on Russian territory

The U.S. does not "encourage" Ukraine to strike Russian territory with American weapons, White House spokesperson John Kirby said on May 17.

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Foreign weapons should "be used to reclaim Ukrainian sovereign territory" and this should occur "specifically on Ukrainian soil," the Pentagon emphasized.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Brown were evasive on May 20 when asked whether Ukraine could use American weapons to strike inside Russia amid the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv Oblast.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in an interview with the New York Times, mentioned on May 21 that he had asked the U.S. for permission to use American missiles and other weaponry against military targets inside Russia.

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Ukraine had already used Western weapons to strike Russian territory several times, AFP reported on May 29, citing unnamed sources.

Germany had allowed Ukraine to use German-supplied weapons for strikes on Russian territory, but only in areas close to the border, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius confirmed on May 31.

President Joe Biden, under pressure from his advisors and key allies, had permitted Ukraine to carry out limited strikes on Russian territory using American-made weapons, the New York Times, citing unnamed White House officials, reported the same day.

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The White House had authorized Ukraine to strike Russian territory with American weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also confirmed on May 31.

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