The Russian embassy in London on Thursday warned that the UK government decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-tank weapons would only “fuel the crisis” and increase tensions at the Russian-Ukrainian border.
“It is crystal clear that UK shipment of lethal weapons to Ukraine will only fuel the crisis and increase tensions,’’ the embassy tweeted.
On Monday, UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, told Parliament that the UK had decided to supply Ukraine with a batch of light-armour defensive weapons systems and that a “small number” of UK staff would travel to the country to provide initial training.
Following that, the UK minister for armed forces, James Heappey, said that “thousands” of such weapons had been airlifted to Ukraine.
Western countries have recently accused Russia of a military build-up along the border with Ukraine, seeing it as a preparation for invasion.
Moscow, however, denied the allegations and said it does not intend to launch a military operation against any country.
Russia also views the allegations as a pretext to deploy NATO military equipment near the country’s borders.