US ‘adds fuel to fire’ with new arms supplies – Kremlin

The Kremlin on Wednesday accused Washington of “fuelling the fire” by planning to supply Ukraine with advanced missile systems.

“We believe that the United States is deliberately and purposely adding fuel to the fire,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Such supplies” do not encourage Kyiv to resume peace talks, Peskov said, adding that Washington wanted to “fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.”

On Tuesday, Washington said it would supply Ukraine with advanced missile systems, including the Himars multiple launch rocket system that can launch multiple precision-guided missiles simultaneously.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the planned delivery of these new US weapons to Ukraine increases the risk of dragging the US into direct conflict with Russia.

“Any arms supply that continues, is increasing, increases the risks of such a development,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the official RIA Novosti news agency.

Both Ukraine and Russia already operate multiple rocket launcher systems, but the Himars have superior range and accuracy.

The Himars system Washington is providing to Ukraine will have a range of about 80 kilometers (50 miles).

Ryabkov said the United States was determined to “wage war [on Moscow] to the last Ukrainian to inflict, as they say, a strategic defeat on Russia.”

“It’s unprecedented, it’s dangerous,” he said.

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