Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the United States is fighting the Ukraine war against Russia.
“No matter what it says, it [the US] controls this war. It supplies weapons, munition, intelligence information, [and] data from satellites. It is pursuing a war against us,” the Russian minister said in an interview with Russia-1 television channel on Sunday.
Lavrov added that possible supplies of longer-range missiles to Kiev by Western countries will not change the reality of what is going on in Ukraine.
“The fact that it will not change the essence of what is going on in Ukraine is obvious. While what is going on is that Ukraine has been prepared, has long been prepared for inflicting strategic defeat to Russia using its hands and its bodies,” he said.
Lavrov’s comments came amid heightened tensions between Russia and Western countries, with the US and its allies emphasizing their support for Kiev.
Earlier in September, US media reported that the Biden administration was looking at supplying Ukraine with Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) with a range of up to 190 miles, capable of striking deep into Russian territory, this fall to boost Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had reported on Thursday “progress” in the matter of the US and Germany supplying Kiev with ATACMS and Taurus long-range missiles.
“We are very actively engaged in this. The President holds negotiations or meetings every day to speed up the delivery of what has already been promised and to secure new commitments from partners for sending us weapons,” Kuleba said.
The US and its allies began pouring weapons and ammunition into Ukraine shortly after Russia launched its military operation in the country in February 2022.
Russia has time and again warned that the continued supply of Western arms and munitions to the Ukrainian military would only prolong the war, add to losses, and exacerbate the sufferings of the Ukrainian nation.
The White House recently confirmed that the administration of US President Joe Biden has so far spent more than $100 billion on the war in Ukraine despite repeated warnings from Moscow.