KYIV, Ukraine ( Associated Press) — If the US government confirms its plan to deliver sophisticated air defense missiles to Ukraine, it will be seen as “another provocative move by the United States,” Moscow said on Monday, according to Ukraine’s foreign ministry. can provoke a reaction. Has warned.Russia on Thursday.
Russian ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a weekly briefing that the United States has “effectively become a side” to the war in Ukraine, following reports that Washington would provide Kyiv with Patriot surface-to-air missiles , which is the most advanced the West has to offer. So far, to help repel Russian airstrikes.
“An increase in US military assistance, including the delivery of such sophisticated weapons, would mean an even greater involvement of military personnel in hostilities and could have consequences,” Zakharova said.
US officials said Tuesday that Washington was ready to approve sending a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine, finally agreeing to an urgent request by Ukrainian officials, who have been seeking more powerful weapons to shoot down Russian missiles. Desperate, they have damaged a good portion of the country’s critical infrastructure. The officials are expected to release an official announcement soon.
The Patriot battery requires up to 90 soldiers to operate and maintain, and for months the US has been reluctant to provide the complex system because sending US forces to Ukraine to operate the system is not an option the Biden administration is considering. is ready to
Even without the presence of US military personnel to train Ukrainians in the use of the system, there are concerns that the installation of the missiles could provoke Russia or risk that a projectile could hit inside Russian territory and worsen the conflict. Can do.
Before reports emerged about the delivery of the Patriot systems, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, chaired by President Vladimir Putin, warned that if the Patriots entered Ukraine “with NATO personnel they would immediately be in a Our armed forces will become legitimate targets.”