Russia’s embassy in Washington warned the State Department this week that continued shipments of weapons to Ukraine from the US and NATO could cause “unpredictable consequences” as Moscow’s weeks-long invasion of its western neighbor rages on, according to multiple reports.
The diplomatic note, dated Tuesday, was delivered in the same week that President Biden announced $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, including heavy weapons and Soviet-made Mi-17 helicopters.
In the document, a copy of which was reviewed by the Washington Post, Russia called on the US and its allies “to stop the irresponsible militarisation [sic] of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security.”
The Kremlin also accused NATO and the US of violating “rigorous principles” regarding the transport of weapons into conflict zones, saying there was a threat of “high-precision weapons falling into the hands of radical nationalists, extremists and bandit forces in Ukraine.”
Russia also accused NATO of hindering peace negotiations between the Kremlin and Ukraine “in order to continue the bloodshed” and alleged that Washington had been pressuring other nations to cease military and technical cooperation with Russia.
The State Department declined to confirm “any private diplomatic correspondence” when contacted by The Post Friday morning.
“What we can confirm is that, along with Allies and partners, we are providing Ukraine with billions of dollars worth of security assistance, which our Ukrainian partners are using to extraordinary effect to defend their country against Russia’s unprovoked aggression and horrific acts of violence,” a department spokesman added.