Kyiv’s reported request to the US to deploy THAAD missile defense systems to Ukraine could lead to serious destabilization, Moscow says
Ukraine has asked the United States to place high-altitude missile defense systems in one of its eastern regions bordering Russia, TASS reported on Monday citing a diplomatic source. The Kremlin marked the potential move “destabilizing”.
Kiev is said to have reached out to Washington, seeking to have “several stacks” THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile interceptors deployed in the Kharkov region in the east of the country, as well as ‘corresponding radar equipment’, the source told the news agency.
“The AN / TPY-2 radar system, which is part of the THAAD complex, is able to monitor the aerospace situation on a significant part of Russian territory and can allow Kiev and its NATO allies to “throw a shot eye “deep in Russian territory for a period of up to 1,000 km”, explained the source.
Asked about the report on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that the potential deployment would further aggravate the ongoing crisis around Ukraine.
“It would be another step towards destabilizing the situation,” Peskov told reporters.
The West recently sent around 1,000 tons of military equipment to support the Kiev regime amid fears of a supposedly imminent Russian “invasion”. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba on Monday revealed the extent of Western military aid, praising the “international political and economic support” Kyiv received.
“During these weeks and months, we have received more than 1.5 billion dollars and more than 1,000 tons of weapons and armaments,” he said.
In January alone, the United States delivered 79 tons of military equipment to Ukraine, including some 300 Javelin anti-tank systems. The UK has also sent a considerable amount of weaponry, delivering NLAW shoulder-mounted anti-tank missiles, as well as deploying additional military instructors to teach Ukrainian forces how to use the systems.
While senior Western officials and media have repeatedly claimed that Moscow was seeking to attack its neighbor, no real evidence for such claims has ever emerged. Moscow has always denied the accusations, saying it had no plan to attack Ukraine, while adding that troop movements inside Russian territory were Russia’s business alone.
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