Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused the UK of taking the war in Ukraine “to a new level” if it eventually equips Ukraine’s armed forces with depleted uranium reserves, among other military resources, Downing Street announced on the eve.
The decision, which was already criticized on Tuesday by senior Russian officials, received an official response on Wednesday from the Russian diplomatic portfolio, which regrets that the United Kingdom seems to have forgotten “the dire consequences of the use of such fortifications” in the past. conflicts like Iraq or Yugoslavia.
“It shows only the desire to increase the suffering of the civilian population and the irreparable damage to the environment that the British want to neglect the population of Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement in which it also reprimanded London. “the futility” of its efforts to recover Ukrainian cities after the conflict.
“By the behavior of the British side, so frank in its arrogance, it shows once again who is the real aggressor and instigator of the conflict in Ukraine (…). London should not forget that it should bear full responsibility for it; “added the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also warns the United Kingdom that the decision “is not immune from serious consequences”.
Hours later, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, insisted on criticizing the United Kingdom and announced “the scale of the disaster that the Anglo-Saxons are preparing again, not for one country, not for two. Not for one country, because the consequences will be for the whole world.” .
“Although today there are no opportunities, even with all the progress of science and others, to know the damage from the use of such missiles”, warned Zajarova, who confirmed that Moscow can respond to the ammunition from the uranium stockpile “politically and diplomatically”.
British authorities said on Tuesday they would deliver weapons made of rare uranium to Ukraine in a move aimed at boosting support for Kiev fighting Russian forces as part of an invasion launched more than a year ago. Moscow, for its part, has denounced the supply of what it considers to be nuclear weapons.
Russia’s reaction did not go without a response from London, and the British Ministry of Defense issued a statement on Moscow’s “deliberate misinformation” on the matter, since uranium enrichment “has nothing to do with weapons or nuclear facilities” and their impact on human health or the environment is “probably low.”
A statement by UK activists from the British organization Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which on Wednesday condemned Ukraine’s nuclear weapons program. For his part, the British Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, concluded that “the core of the conflict” is in Eastern Europe.