War in Ukraine: Russia warns Washington of consequences after its military aid to Ukraine
Sylvie Claire / April 16, 2022
Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States this week warning the U.S. government of unforeseeable consequences as a result of its surging military aid to Ukraine, according to news reports.
According to the diplomatic note, Moscow warned the United States and Nato against sending more sensitive weapons to Ukraine, saying that such military equipment was adding fuel to the fire and could cause unpredictable consequences, the Washington Post reported. The warning came as U.S. President Joe Biden promised $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including helicopters and armored personnel carriers. What the Russians are telling us privately is precisely what we are telling the world publicly, that the massive assistance we are providing to our Ukrainian partners is proving remarkably effective, a senior U.S. official was quoted by the Post as saying.
The State Department declined to comment. According to the New York Times, this note was sent through normal diplomatic channels and is not signed by a senior Russian official. CNN reported, citing a source close to the case, that this formal complaint could mean that Moscow is preparing to adopt a more aggressive attitude against the United States and NATO. Joe Biden gave the green light on Wednesday for massive new military aid to Ukraine, with heavier equipment than has been delivered so far. These new American deliveries will include some of the very effective equipment we have already delivered to Ukraine, but also new capabilities, including artillery systems and armored personnel carriers, said the U.S. executive.