More Western weapons for Ukraine will only lead to escalation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday that further Western arms deliveries to Ukraine would only lead to a further escalation of the conflict there.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said Western NATO members were getting more involved in the conflict, but their supply of arms to Ukraine would not change the course of events. .

“Ukraine is asking for more and more weapons,” Peskov said on a call with reporters, when asked to comment on a public request by Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk asking the Germany to send a submarine to Kyiv.

“The West encourages these requests and declares that it is ready to supply such weapons,” he said.

“It’s a no-win situation: it’s leading to a significant escalation, it’s leading NATO countries to become more and more directly involved in the conflict – but it doesn’t have the potential to change the course of events and won’t,” he said.

Last week, Germany and the United States announced they would supply main battle tanks to Ukraine, promising for the first time unambiguous offensive weapons to help it resist Russian forces.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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