Russia accuses UK of direct provocation over Ukrainian weapons

Russia accuses UK of direct provocation over Ukrainian weapons

Moscow warned that if you tried to do so, you would invoke an immediate proportional response.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has accused London of a direct provocation after British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey encouraged Ukrainian forces to use UK-supplied weapons to attack targets inside Russia. Any attempt to do so would invoke immediate response, the ministry warned on Tuesday.

We want to emphasize that London s direct provocation of the Kiev regime to such actions, should they attempt to do so, will immediately lead to our proportional response. The military warned that Russian forces are on standby around the clock to retaliate with long-range high-precision weapons against decision-making centers in Kiev.

The ministry went on to say that advisers from one of the Western nations in these centres won't necessarily be a problem in Russia's decision regarding retaliatory measures.

Heappey said Kiev could use UK-supplied weapons to launch attacks on Russian territory, dismissing fears that this would lead to an international escalation.

Heappey told Times Radio that Ukraine is perfectly positioned to be targeting Russia's depth in order to disrupt the logistics that if they weren't disrupted would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil.

The UK poured thousands of anti-tank missiles into the country ahead of the large-scale Russian military operation which kicked off in late February, which has been one of the top arms suppliers of Kiev. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional 100 million $130 million package of heavy weaponry for Kiev, which includes anti-aircraft weapons, drones, and various armored vehicles.

Moscow warned against ramping up weapon supplies, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying that the conflict has effectively turned into a proxy war waged by NATO against Russia. He said that the country s military has repeatedly targeted depots where these supplies are amassed and will continue doing so.

Lavrov stated that these weapons will be a legitimate target for the Russian Armed Forces. Warehouses in the West of Ukraine have become a target of this kind of activity more than once. NATO is essentially going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy. Russia attacked the neighboring state after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.