Ambassador Antonov: Increased Arms Shipments to Ukraine Are Only Inflaming the Conflict
April 25, 2022 (EIRNS)—Russia’s Ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov told Rossiya-24 TV channel yesterday that the U.S. and NATO policy of sending more and increasingly sophisticated weapons into Ukraine is only inflaming the conflict, and preventing a negotiated peace. “What the Americans are doing is pouring oil on the flames,” Antonov stated. “I see only an attempt to raise the stakes, to aggravate the situation, to see more losses.” Antonov said an official diplomatic note had been sent to Washington, but no reply has been received yet.
Reuters reported, citing a U.S. official, that total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian operation began now comes to about $3.7 billion.
Many media in the U.S. are also fanning the flames for increased military aid. Politico today reported that “on Friday [April 22], France and Canada unveiled new plans to send long-range artillery systems for the first time, and the U.K. is looking to backfill heavy armor to Poland as Warsaw contemplates sending Polish tanks to Ukraine.” Politico continued: “The rapid shift in aid reflects the recognition that the new fight will likely be dominated by artillery barrages and tank battles as infantry units square off over the flat fields of eastern Ukraine. But getting these new weapons to the front quickly will prove critical in the coming days.”
They quote a Ukrainian military leader in the Donbas saying that his soldiers’ situation as “very desperate.... We need air support now. We need drones.” Politico also moots the possibility of a direct NATO-Russia engagement. “Russian military leaders have already hinted that they intend to seize territory that would create a land bridge to Transnistria and potentially put Moldova at risk.”